An example of something formative is the difficult childhood of a wise adult; a formative childhood.
- giving or able to give form; helping to shape, develop, or mold: the formative influence of a teacher
- of formation or development: a child's formative years
- Linguis. serving to form words, as a prefix or suffix
Origin of formativeOld French formatif from Medieval Latin formativus from Classical Latin formatus, past participle of formare: see form
- Forming or capable of forming.
- a. Susceptible to transformation by growth and development.b. Biology Capable of producing new cells or tissue.
- Of or relating to formation, growth, or development: the formative stages of a plot.
- Linguistics Relating to the formation or inflection of words.
(comparative more formative, superlative most formative)
From Middle French formatif