Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or prescribing a norm or standard: normative grammar.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or using a norm or standard.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. relating to or dealing with norms.
  • adj. giving directives or rules; prescriptive. Opposed to descriptive.
  • adj. based on or prescribing a norm or standard.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. relating to or dealing with norms
  • adj. pertaining to giving directives or rules

Etymologies

From French normatif (Wiktionary)

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