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“prescriptive” in British English

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prescriptiveadjective

uk /prɪˈskrɪp.tɪv/ us /prɪˈskrɪp.tɪv/ formal mainly disapproving

saying exactly what must happen, especially by giving an instruction or making a rule:

Most teachers think the government's guidelines on homework are too prescriptive.

(Definition of “prescriptive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“prescriptive” in American English

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prescriptiveadjective

us /prɪˈskrɪp·tɪv/

tending to say what someone should do or how something should be done:

His basic attitude toward language is highly prescriptive.

(Definition of “prescriptive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)