What does the word prescriptive mean?

    Part of speech: adjective

  • Sanotioned by custom or long use.

  • Part of speech: adverb

  • Prescriptively.

Usage examples for prescriptive

  1. All earlier efforts tending in this direction had been effectually thwarted by the Spaniards and creoles, who considered the profits derived from the country, and especially the inland retail trade, to be their own by prescriptive right. – The Former Philippines thru Foreign Eyes by Tomás de Comyn Fedor Jagor Rudolf Ludwig Carl Virchow Charles Wilkes
  2. The head belonged to the smith, and the udder of a cow to the piper: the weaver had likewise his particular part; and so many pieces followed these prescriptive claims, that the Laird's was at last but little. – A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson
  3. First was raised on high the standard of the Dominican Order of Monks, for the Dominican Order were the founders of the Inquisition, and claimed this privilege, by prescriptive right. – The Phantom Ship by Captain Frederick Marryat
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