Meaning of NORMATIVE in English


— normatively , adv. — normativeness , n.

/nawr"meuh tiv/ , adj.

1. of or pertaining to a norm, esp. an assumed norm regarded as the standard of correctness in behavior, speech, writing, etc.

2. tending or attempting to establish such a norm, esp. by the prescription of rules: normative grammar.

3. reflecting the assumption of such a norm or favoring its establishment: a normative attitude.

[ 1875-80; NORM + -ATIVE ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .