Pronunciation: (nôr'mu-tiv), [key]
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.
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