noun Etymology: partly from Middle English prescripcion establishment of a claim, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin praescription-, praescriptio, from Latin, act of writing at the beginning, order, limitation of subject matter, from praescribere; partly from Latin praescription-, praescriptio order Date: 14th century 1. a. the establishment of a claim of title to something under common law usually by use and enjoyment for a period fixed by statute b. the right or title acquired under common law by such possession 2. the process of making claim to something by long use and enjoyment 3. the action of laying down authoritative rules or directions 4. a. a written direction for a therapeutic or corrective agent; specifically one for the preparation and use of a medicine b. a prescribed medicine c. something (as a recommendation) resembling a doctor's prescription <
prescriptions for economic recovery
5. a. ancient or long continued custom b. a claim founded upon ancient custom or long continued use 6. something prescribed as a rule

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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