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normative Line breaks: nor|ma¦tive
Pronunciation: /ˈnɔːmətɪv/

Definition of normative in English:


Establishing, relating to, or deriving from a standard or norm, especially of behaviour: negative sanctions to enforce normative behaviour
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  • More frightening, though, was the use of asymmetries of will and of normative behaviour.
  • He is backing a proposal whose purpose is to destroy normative values of behaviour.
  • Borders of lifestyles are specified, rather than normative standards of living.


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  • As this process occurs, it seems that an apathetic political atmosphere becomes further reinforced and correspondingly apathetic behavior becomes institutionalized as normatively correct.
  • Lawyers are too seldom encouraged to think normatively about what law should be, or to engage in the historic philosophical debate that surrounds our own discipline.
  • For example, a court may believe that a doctrine is not normatively justified and yet may not be confident that its belief is correct.
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  • It may be that individuals have been, and continue to be, socialized in a way that differentially endorses the use and normativeness of sexually explicit media.
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  • There is nothing novel in the differentiation itself, only in its extremity, owing to which the three constituents of normativity have completely separated.
  • The foundations of a rationalist tradition, however, may be compatible with certain forms of normativity of tradition.
  • To the inherent resistance of Chinese society to formal normativity was now added the resistance of Chinese communism, itself politically successful in 1949.


Late 19th century: from French normatif, -ive, from Latin norma 'carpenter's square' (see norm).

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