- 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.
prescriptive definition by Webster's New World
- that prescribes
- based on legal prescription
- prescribed by custom or long use
Origin: Late Latin praescriptivus
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- prescriptively adverb
prescriptive definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Sanctioned or authorized by long-standing custom or usage.
- Making or giving injunctions, directions, laws, or rules.
- Law Acquired by or based on uninterrupted possession.
- 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.
- pre·scripˈtive·ly adverb
- pre·scripˈtive·ness noun