self-for·​ma·​tion ˌself-fȯr-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce self-formation (audio)
: the act or process of forming or developing oneself or itself
… discussing how, during this vulnerable time of self-formation and raging emotions, teenagers actually have no idea how to read social cues.Katy Waldman

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1713, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of self-formation was circa 1713

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“Self-formation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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