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formative

adjective for·ma·tive \ ˈfȯr-mə-tiv \

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

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

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Whatever gives shape to something else may be called formative: for example, the Grand Canyon is a product of the formative power of water, and the automobile was a huge formative influence on the design of America's cities. But it usually applies to some kind of shaping that isn't physical. An ambitious plan, for example, goes through a formative stage of development. The formative years of the U.S. included experimentation with various forms of government. And the most important formative experiences in our own lives tend to take place in the first 20 years or so.

First Known Use of formative

15th century

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formative

noun

Definition of formative

:the element (such 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

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FORMATIVE Defined for English Language Learners

formative

adjective

Definition of formative for English Language Learners

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

  • : helping to develop something


Medical Dictionary

formative

adjective for·ma·tive \ ˈfȯr-mət-iv \

medical Definition of formative

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


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