prescriptive

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Prescriptive \Pre*scrip"tive\, adjective [L. praescriptivus of a demurrer or legal exception.]

1. (Law) Consisting in, or acquired by, immemorial or long-continued use and enjoyment; as, a prescriptive right of title; pleading the continuance and authority of long custom.

The right to be drowsy in protracted toil has become prescriptive. --J. M. Mason.

2. Of or pertaining to the doctrine that acceptable grammatical rules should be prescribed by authority, rather than be determined by common usage. [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

prescriptive

adjective

1: pertaining to giving directives or rules; "prescriptive grammar is concerned with norms of or rules for correct usage" [syn: {prescriptive}, {normative}] [ant: {descriptive}]


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