formative


1for·ma·tive

adjective \ˈfr-mə-tiv\

—used to describe the time when someone or something is growing or being formed

: helping to develop something

Full Definition of FORMATIVE

1
a :  giving or capable of giving form :  constructive <a formative influence>
b :  used in word formation or inflection
2
:  capable of alteration by growth and development; also :  producing new cells and tissues
3
:  of, relating to, or characterized by formative effects or formation <formative years>
for·ma·tive·ly adverb

Examples of FORMATIVE

  1. This experience had a formative influence on his art.
  2. <a teacher who was a formative influence on generations of students>

First Known Use of FORMATIVE

15th century

Other Embryology Terms

gravid, neonate, ontogeny, parturition

Rhymes with FORMATIVE

2formative

noun

Definition of FORMATIVE

:  the element (as a suffix) in a word that serves to give the word appropriate form and is not part of the base

First Known Use of FORMATIVE

1816

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

for·ma·tive

adjective \ˈfr-mət-iv\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of FORMATIVE

: capable of alteration by growth and development; also : producing new cells and tissues

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