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In general, normative - pertaining to a norm - has two related meanings: (1) a prescriptive meaning (for example, the rules specified in a standard or guideline), and (2) a descriptive meaning (for example, the median salary range in an particular occupation).

In information technology standards, normative parts of a standard are those that specify what implementors should conform to and non-normative parts consist of examples, extended explanations, and other matter not dealing directly with the specifications.

In economics, a normative statement is one that states how things ought to be and is contrasted with a positive statement, one that states factually how things are.

This was last updated in April 2005
Contributor(s): Rob Brown
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