[syn: positive, prescribed]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Prescribe \Pre*scribe"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prescribed; p. pr
& vb. n. Prescribing.] [L. praescribere, praescriptum; prae
before + scriebe to write. See Scribe.]
1. To lay down authoritatively as a guide, direction, or rule
of action; to impose as a peremptory order; to dictate; to
appoint; to direct.
Prescribe not us our duties. --Shak.
Let streams prescribe their fountains where to run.
2. (Med.) To direct, as a remedy to be used by a patient; as,
the doctor prescribed quinine.
Syn: To appoint; order; command; dictate; ordain; institute;
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: set down as a rule or guide
2: fixed or established especially by order or command; "at the
time appointed (or the appointed time") [syn: appointed,
decreed, ordained, prescribed]
3: conforming to set usage, procedure, or discipline; "in
prescribed order" [syn: official, prescribed]
4: formally laid down or imposed; "positive laws" [syn:
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
58 Moby Thesaurus words for "prescribed":
accepted, authoritative, binding, bound, bounded, canonical,
conditioned, confined, conformable, consuetudinary, conventional,
copyrighted, cramped, current, customary, dictated, didactic,
disciplined, established, everyday, familiar, finite, formulary,
generally accepted, hard and fast, instructive, limited, mandatory,
moderated, narrow, normal, obtaining, official, ordinary, patented,
popular, preceptive, prescript, prescriptive, prevalent,
proscribed, qualified, received, regular, regulation, restricted,
rubric, set, standard, statutory, stock, strait, straitened,
time-honored, traditional, usual, widespread, wonted