Definition of normative in English:



  • Establishing, relating to, or deriving from a standard or norm, especially of behaviour.

    ‘negative sanctions to enforce normative behaviour’
    • ‘Nowadays Butler appears to confound normative ideals with something more absolute.’
    • ‘Whether it is normative or not depends largely on whether it will gain wide acceptance.’
    • ‘They will expect the author to work toward a normative standard in theory and practice.’
    • ‘He is backing a proposal whose purpose is to destroy normative values of behaviour.’
    • ‘So completely normative is this notion of clock-time that everyone in this busy age seems to be run by it.’
    • ‘I went in and looked, and paid my respects to a certain normative ideal.’
    • ‘Borders of lifestyles are specified, rather than normative standards of living.’
    • ‘Machiavelli's aim was to give truthful advice, declining to allow normative judgements to interfere.’
    • ‘Thus what they say mutates into the normative truths of a culture.’
    • ‘Power politics would freely degenerate into chaos and violence if there were not normative rules in place.’
    • ‘Thus, with the test, when you buy it, you will get a booklet of normative scores, or norms.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, it can and ought to be an essential normative influence in a chaotic world.’
    • ‘There is a tension between the interior of the characters and their normative lives.’
    • ‘To phrase the first insight simply, deviance will occur because of normative pluralism.’
    • ‘However, they contend that the moral/judicial law remains normative for the individual as well as the nation.’
    • ‘On the contrary, it is driven by power and the quest to annihilate the normative order.’
    • ‘The egoist's basic normative judgment is directed not to behaviours, but to his particular end.’
    • ‘The results of this study show that normative pressures of the foot and leg are consistent.’
    • ‘More frightening, though, was the use of asymmetries of will and of normative behaviour.’
    • ‘As we have seen, the normative expectation is that a wife's primary commitment will be to her husband and her home.’


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