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Can I use "We make no prescriptions about ..."? This dictionary doesn't give any definition of the word "prescription" apart from Medical or Legal jargon.

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What are you trying to say? Without more context, you could mean "predictions" or "guarantees" or any of a number of things. –  Robusto Oct 29 '12 at 12:59
    
I don't see any medical jargon in the definition... –  Ataraxia Oct 29 '12 at 13:56
    
Try this dictionary –  Matt Эллен Oct 29 '12 at 14:02
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My gut feeling says you mean “presumptions”. –  Mr Lister Oct 29 '12 at 14:32
    
In fact, if you had followed the links in your dictionary's definition 2 or 3 they would have led you to prescribe, defined as "1. to lay down, in writing or otherwise, as a rule or a course of action to be followed; appoint, ordain, or enjoin", as well as intransitive definitions. –  StoneyB Oct 29 '12 at 18:47
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You're not using a good enough dictionary. Oxford dictionaries online gives:

2a recommendation that is authoritatively put forward: effective prescriptions for sustaining rural communities.

So if that is what you mean by "prescription," your sentence is fine.

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In fact, if OP had followed the link in his dictionary's definition 3, "that which is prescribed", it would have led him to prescribe, defined as "1. to lay down, in writing or otherwise, as a rule or a course of action to be followed; appoint, ordain, or enjoin." –  StoneyB Oct 29 '12 at 18:46
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It is hard to say with such limited context ("We make no prescriptions about ..." what?) but the most general meaning is:

The action or an act of prescribing or setting down something beforehand, esp. as a rule, law, etc.; a thing which is prescribed or set down; written or explicit direction or injunction.

OED

This would mean that in your sentence, "we are not setting any terms about (whatever) before (whatever)"

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