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Definition of "normative" []

  • Of, relating to, or prescribing a norm or standard: normative grammar. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "normative" in a sentence
  • "Epistemic standards have a strong normative dimension -- we use our standards of rationality and reasonableness to guide, evaluate, and criticize reasoning, both our own and that of others -- so here the label ˜normative™ applies in a very full-blooded sense."
  • "Since the discussion in Parts II and III encompasses both moral and social values, the term normative values is used."
  • "Is the term normative beauty meant to refer to Western-style patriarchal hetero-normative standards of gender theatre?"