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  • adjective Not normative.

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  • adjective not based on a norm


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non- +‎ normative


  • His division of the religions of the world into “ethnic” religions and “catholic” religions was meant to convey his use of a scientific, nonnormative approach.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • The description of his book from the publisher has it critiquing the Western hetero/homo taxonomy as a “narrow” notion of sexual identity that represses other “nonnormative sexual behavior.”

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Joseph Massad Awarded Tenure at Columbia:

  • ˜ought™ from an ˜is,™ that is, any normative truth from any set of nonnormative truths.

    The Natural Law Tradition in Ethics

  • Though the denomination retains its nonnormative teachings about the observance of laws, it is not uncommon to see today’s Reform Jews lighting Shabbat candles at home or keeping kashrut.

    American Grace

  • In Insult and the Making of the Gay Self (20004) Eribon insists on the importance of Madness as part of Foucault’s thinking about the production of nonnormative sexualities.

    AIDS, Identity and Legacy in Contemporary Gay History «

  • In recent years these hazards have somewhat diminished (though not disappeared), largely owing to the influence of analytic or linguistic philoso - phers, whose high standards of rigor both in definition and in argument, and whose concern to keep clear the distinction between normative and nonnormative dis - course, have led many aestheticians to adopt one or the other sense, either by stipulation or by an appeal to what they take to be ordinary (i.e., established nonphilosophical) usage.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas


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