prescriptiveness

prescriptive

[pri-skrip-tiv]
adjective
1.
that prescribes; giving directions or injunctions: a prescriptive letter from an anxious father.
2.
depending on or arising from effective legal prescription, as a right or title established by a long unchallenged tenure.

Origin:
1740–50; prescript + -ive, modeled on descriptive, etc.

prescriptively, adverb
prescriptiveness, noun
nonprescriptive, adjective
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prescriptive (prɪˈskrɪptɪv)
 
adj
1.  making or giving directions, rules, or injunctions
2.  sanctioned by long-standing usage or custom
3.  derived from or based upon legal prescription: a prescriptive title
 
pre'scriptively
 
adv
 
pre'scriptiveness
 
n

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