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prescriptive

[pri-skrip-tiv] /prɪˈskrɪp tɪv/
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
1740-1750
1740-50; prescript + -ive, modeled on descriptive, etc.
Related forms
prescriptively, adverb
prescriptiveness, noun
nonprescriptive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prescriptiveness

prescriptive

/prɪˈskrɪptɪv/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
prescriptively, adverb
prescriptiveness, noun
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Word Origin and History for prescriptiveness

prescriptive

adj.

1748, from Late Latin praescriptivus, from praescript-, past participle stem of praescribere (see prescription). Or formed in English from archaic prescript "a direction" (1530s), from Latin praescriptum.

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