Formative Definition

fôrmə-tĭv
adjective
Giving or able to give form; helping to shape, develop, or mold.
The formative influence of a teacher.
Webster's New World
Forming or capable of forming.
American Heritage Medicine
Susceptible to transformation by growth and development.
American Heritage Medicine
Of formation or development.
A child's formative years.
Webster's New World
Capable of producing new cells or tissue.
American Heritage Medicine
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noun
A derivational or inflectional affix.
American Heritage
A bound form, as a prefix or suffix.
Webster's New World

(grammar) A language unit that has morphological function.

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Other Word Forms of Formative

Noun

Singular:
formative
Plural:
formatives

Origin of Formative

  • From Middle French formatif

    From Wiktionary

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