descriptionist (plural descriptionists)
- Synonym of
- 1824, The Monthly Repertory of English Literature, page 344:
- The author of the Waverley novels is another fine example; but he clearly takes his highest rank as a descriptionist—the painter of effects and appearances rather than of facts and of causes.
- 1897, Canadian Magazine, volume 8, page 105:
- Although he is a descriptionist, he is often more effective than Roberts or Lampman.
- 2002, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, volume 122, page 4:
- “Oh,” said one of my lunch companions, “you’re a descriptionist rather than a prescriptionist.”
descriptionist (not comparable)
- 2013, William D. Nordhaus, Economics and Policy Issues in Climate Change, page 97:
- In effect, they say "a plague on both your houses" to the two sides in the prescriptionist-descriptionist debate.
- (philosophy) Regarding utterances as primarily descriptive rather than as rigidly specifying a particular thing or kind of thing.