Prescriptive definition

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Based on legal prescription.
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That prescribes.
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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.

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(law) Of or relating to acquisition or occupancy by prescription.
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(archaic) Sanctioned or authorized by long-standing custom or usage.
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Relating to or making rules, laws, or directions.

Prescriptive pronouncements.

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(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.
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Prescribed by custom or long use.
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Of or pertaining to prescribing or enjoining, especially an action or behavior based on a norm or standard.
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