Definition of prescriptive:
cut and dried, dictatorial, bossy, interfering, standard, grammar, normative, intrusive, domineering, overbearing, grammatical, rigid, reformulate, generative grammar, classical, on someone's back, determined, rule, concordance, prescribed, customary, conventional, grammarian, hypercorrection, meddlesome, parse, received, authoritative, autocratic.
These theories would be of little importance, if we did not only know, but sorely feel, that there is a strong Jacobin faction in this country, which has long employed itself in speculating upon constitutions, and to whom the circumstance of their government being home- bred and prescriptive seems no sort of recommendation.- "The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VI. (of 12)", Edmund Burke.
It was his prescriptive right, and in his broad, coarse features, with a snub nose, thick lips, and white, flashing teeth like those of a beast of prey, it was easy to see that the adversary would fare but ill who should try to humble him.- "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.
- "A Thief in the Night", E. W. Hornung.