From Latin praescriptivus (“relating to a legal exception”), from praescript- (“directed in writing”), from the verb praescribere.
prescriptive (comparative more prescriptive, superlative most prescriptive)
- Of or pertaining to prescribing or enjoining, especially an action or behavior based on a norm or standard.
1988, Andrew Radford, Transformational Grammar, Cambridge: University Press, →ISBN, page 8:
- For one thing, spoken language tends to be less subjected to prescriptive
pressures than written language, and hence is a less artificial medium of com-
munication (written language is often a kind of 'censored' version of spoken
of or pertaining to prescribing or enjoining, especially an action or behavior based on a norm or standard