American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or prescribing a norm or standard: normative grammar.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Establishing or setting up a norm, or standard which ought to be conformed to.
- In petrography, relating to the norm; making up the norm, as distinguished from ‘normal’ in the sense of regular, usual.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. relating to or dealing with norms.
- adj. (Grammar) giving directives or rules; prescriptive. Opposed to
- adj. based on or prescribing a norm or standard.
- adj. relating to or dealing with norms
- adj. pertaining to giving directives or rules
- From French normatif (Wiktionary)
“Epistemic standards have a strong normative dimension -- we use our standards of rationality and reasonableness to guide, evaluate, and criticize reasoning, both our own and that of others -- so here the label ˜normative™ applies in a very full-blooded sense.”
“Since the discussion in Parts II and III encompasses both moral and social values, the term normative values is used.”
“Is the term normative beauty meant to refer to Western-style patriarchal hetero-normative standards of gender theatre?”
“A comparison and contrast between race discrimination and net discrimination teaches us, first, to particularize the discrimination at issue, and to be wary of what I call normative carve‐outs in defining discrimination.”
“This is a mere statement of your desired result lacking in normative justification.”
“Though both Laureates have also made important contributions to the mathematical technique of linear programming, this was not what they were honored for; instead they received the Prize for enriching our understanding of basic economic issues in normative allocative theory by applying new tools of analysis.”
“What I find interesting about this and other viral marketing campaigns is related more to the synchronization of human behavior and the enculturation of certain normative behaviors.”
“It seems to me that Melanie is using the word normative in rather a strange sense, to mean normal.”
“We soak up norms quicker than bread soaks up soup, particularly in normative contexts like university.”
“R.J. Eskow and Larisa Alexandrovna seem to have difficulty understanding my usage of the word normative when I say that I am normatively opposed to torture.”
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