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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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(ethics) a doctrine holding that moral statements prescribe appropriate attitudes and behavior;(linguistics) a doctrine supporting or promoting prescriptive linguistics.

Usage examples (37)
  • But since prescriptivism is not for whatever reason acceptable, how can you do that?
  • It asserts that prescriptivism is there, and that it is of dubious worth and demonstrable detriment.
  • A very large chunk of prescriptivism is indeed based on acceptance of language judgments that you encounter early in life.
  • I consider this, and other such reactions, hard evidence that prejudicial prescriptivism is pressured for by prejudiced audiences. for more
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