Meaning of normative

nor•ma•tive

Pronunciation: (nôr'mu-tiv), [key]
— adj.
  1. of or pertaining to a norm, esp. an assumed norm regarded as the standard of correctness in behavior, speech, writing, etc.
  2. tending or attempting to establish such a norm, esp. by the prescription of rules: normative grammar.
  3. reflecting the assumption of such a norm or favoring its establishment: a normative attitude.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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