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EtymologyEdit

prescriptive +‎ -ist

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prescriptivist (plural prescriptivists)

  1. Someone who lays down rules regarding language usage, or who believes that traditional norms of language usage should be upheld.

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prescriptivist (comparative more prescriptivist, superlative most prescriptivist)

  1. Having a tendency to prescribe.
    • 2012, James Lambert, “Beyond Hobson-Jobson: A new lexicography for Indian English”, in World Englishes[1], page 312:
      In short, they tend to present Indian English as nothing more than "standard" English with a select collection of lexical peculiarities tacked on, as it were, many of which would be regarded as "errors" by prescriptivist language scholars.

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