One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Establishing, relating to, or deriving from a standard or norm, especially of behavior.‘negative sanctions to enforce normative behavior’
- ‘Nowadays Butler appears to confound normative ideals with something more absolute.’
- ‘Power politics would freely degenerate into chaos and violence if there were not normative rules in place.’
- ‘He is backing a proposal whose purpose is to destroy normative values of behaviour.’
- ‘Borders of lifestyles are specified, rather than normative standards of living.’
- ‘However, they contend that the moral/judicial law remains normative for the individual as well as the nation.’
- ‘The egoist's basic normative judgment is directed not to behaviours, but to his particular end.’
- ‘As we have seen, the normative expectation is that a wife's primary commitment will be to her husband and her home.’
- ‘I went in and looked, and paid my respects to a certain normative ideal.’
- ‘Nevertheless, it can and ought to be an essential normative influence in a chaotic world.’
- ‘Whether it is normative or not depends largely on whether it will gain wide acceptance.’
- ‘To phrase the first insight simply, deviance will occur because of normative pluralism.’
- ‘More frightening, though, was the use of asymmetries of will and of normative behaviour.’
- ‘Thus, with the test, when you buy it, you will get a booklet of normative scores, or norms.’
- ‘So completely normative is this notion of clock-time that everyone in this busy age seems to be run by it.’
- ‘On the contrary, it is driven by power and the quest to annihilate the normative order.’
- ‘Machiavelli's aim was to give truthful advice, declining to allow normative judgements to interfere.’
- ‘The results of this study show that normative pressures of the foot and leg are consistent.’
- ‘Thus what they say mutates into the normative truths of a culture.’
- ‘There is a tension between the interior of the characters and their normative lives.’
- ‘They will expect the author to work toward a normative standard in theory and practice.’
Late 19th century: from French normatif, -ive, from Latin norma ‘carpenter's square’ (see norm).
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