- The definition of prescriptive is the imposition of rules, or something that has become established because it has been going on a long time and has become customary.
- A handbook dictating the rules for proper behavior is an example of something that would be described as a prescriptive handbook.
- An easement, or a legal right to pass on a driveway, that has become legal simply because the people have passed on the driveway for so long is an example of a prescriptive easement.
- that prescribes
- based on legal prescription
- prescribed by custom or long use
Origin of prescriptiveLate Latin praescriptivus
- a. Relating to or making rules, laws, or directions: prescriptive pronouncements.b. Linguistics Based on or establishing norms or rules indicating how a language should or should not be used rather than describing the ways in which a language is used.
- Law Of or relating to acquisition or occupancy by prescription.
- Archaic Sanctioned or authorized by long-standing custom or usage.
(comparative more prescriptive, superlative most prescriptive)
- descriptive (especially of grammar and usage)