prescriptive ADJECTIVE 1) relating to the imposition of a rule or method. 2) (of a right, title, etc.) legally established by long usage.
DERIVATIVES prescriptivism noun prescriptivist noun & adjective.
ORIGIN Latin praescriptivus 'relating to a legal exception' , from praescribere 'direct in writing' .

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