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Prescriptive

In linguistics, prescriptive means laying down or prescribing rules of the language rather describing them. For example, a descriptive linguist working in English will try to describe the usage, distribution, and history of "ain't" and "h-dropping" neutrally, without judging them against other forms. A prescriptivist (one who is prescriptive) will often judge that they are inferior and recommend that they be avoided.

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