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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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Examples from the web for normative
  • He's sunny, mordant and normative.
  • There exists a natural conflict between the economic virtue of free enterprise and the ecclesiastical virtue of normative culture.
  • But moral or normative nationalism itself is a plausible cause of social injustice.
  • The judgments I express tend to be analytic, rather than moral or normative.
  • To decide what counts as a good story is itself a normative political judgment.
  • They cannot distinguish between normative and positive statements.
  • By now, these notions have taken such deep root they have become normative.
  • And in our studies, we've shown that there is a kind of normative decline in sensation-seeking after middle adolescence.
  • normative economics seeks to identify what is economically good and bad.
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).

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