[ proh-skrip-tiv ]
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  1. involving, imposing, or defining limits or prohibitions:We want the guidelines to be useful, broadly applicable, and not overly proscriptive and narrow.Rather than a proscriptive diet, in which the patient is limited to eating certain foods and measured portions, we encourage eating a wide range of foods in moderation.

Origin of proscriptive

First recorded in 1740–50; from Latin prōscript-, stem of prōscrībere “to publish in writing” (see proscribe) + -ive

Other words from proscriptive

  • pro·scrip·tive·ly, adverb
  • non·pro·scrip·tive, adjective
  • non·pro·scrip·tive·ly, adverb
  • un·pro·scrip·tive, adjective
  • un·pro·scrip·tive·ly, adverb

Words that may be confused with proscriptive

Words Nearby proscriptive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024