The definition of ascriptive is a group in which status is based on a factor other than achievement.
A group that only has members of a certain race or sex is an example of an ascriptive group.
designating or of a society, group, etc. in which status is based on a predetermined factor, as age, sex, or race, and not on individual achievement
Origin of ascriptiveClassical Latin ascriptivus ; from ascriptus, past participle of ascribere, ascribe