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addaword.gifdefinition of descriptivism

noun
the belief or idea that the job of linguists is to describe language use, not tell people how to use it
Prescriptivism and descriptivism are contrasting approaches to grammar and usage, particularly to how they are taught.
Submitted from United Kingdom on 11/07/2012 15:02:00
Definition of descriptivism from the Open Dictionary – a public resource hosted by Macmillan English Dictionary Online

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