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[nawr-muh-tiv] /ˈnɔr mə tɪv/
of or relating to a norm, especially an assumed norm regarded as the standard of correctness in behavior, speech, writing, etc.
tending or attempting to establish such a norm, especially by the prescription of rules:
normative grammar.
reflecting the assumption of such a norm or favoring its establishment:
a normative attitude.
Origin of normative
1875-80; norm + -ative
Related forms
normatively, adverb
normativeness, noun
unnormative, adjective Unabridged
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  • Thus even in Ethics there is now perceptible in some quarters a tendency to repudiate the normative standpoint.

    The Group Mind William McDougall
  • And, if we go back to the Politics of Aristotle, we find the normative or regulative aim still more prominent.

    The Group Mind William McDougall
  • So too it is in prayer that the normative principles of prayer emerge; yet men require teaching how to pray.

  • The art-bearings of the science are given in the normative character of its subject-matter.

  • Thus is answered the dispute whether logic is empirical or normative, psychological or regulative.

  • They have both a eulogistic or normative sense, and a descriptive sense; a meaning de jure and a meaning de facto.

  • One editor proposed to amend this by inserting the normative "he" after "Ganymede;" and another by omitting "with" after "afire."

  • It is the purity of the value-forms imagined in philosophy that makes philosophy "normative."

    Creative Intelligence John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
British Dictionary definitions for normative


implying, creating, or prescribing a norm or standard, as in language: normative grammar
expressing value judgments or prescriptions as contrasted with stating facts: normative economics
of, relating to, or based on norms
Derived Forms
normatively, adverb
normativeness, noun
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Word Origin and History for normative

1880, perhaps from French normatif, from Latin norma "rule" (see normal).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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