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formative

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adjective for·ma·tive \ˈfȯr-mə-tiv\

Simple Definition of formative

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

  • : helping to develop something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of formative

  1. 1 a :  giving or capable of giving form :  constructive <a formative influence> b :  used in word formation or inflection

  2. 2 :  capable of alteration by growth and development; also :  producing new cells and tissues

  3. 3 :  of, relating to, or characterized by formative effects or formation <formative years>

formatively adverb

Examples of formative in a sentence

  1. This experience had a formative influence on his art.

  2. <a teacher who was a formative influence on generations of students>



15th Century

First Known Use of formative

15th century

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formative

noun for·ma·tive

Definition of formative

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



1816

First Known Use of formative

1816

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formative

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adjective for·ma·tive \ˈfȯr-mət-iv\

Medical Definition of formative

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





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