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[nawr-muh-tiv] /ˈnɔr mə tɪv/

of or relating to a , especially an assumed regarded as the standard of correctness in behavior, speech, writing, etc.
tending or attempting to establish such a , especially by the prescription of rules:
normative grammar.
reflecting the assumption of such a or favoring its establishment:
a normative attitude.
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

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


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