Formative meaning

fôrmə-tĭv
The definition of formative is something that shaped or taught a person.

An example of something formative is the difficult childhood of a wise adult; a formative childhood.

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Forming or capable of forming.
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Of or relating to formation, growth, or development.

The formative stages of a plot.

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Relating to the formation or inflection of words.
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A derivational or inflectional affix.
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Giving or able to give form; helping to shape, develop, or mold.

The formative influence of a teacher.

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Of formation or development.

A child's formative years.

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Serving to form words, as a prefix or suffix.
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A bound form, as a prefix or suffix.
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Forming or capable of forming.
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Of or pertaining to the formation and subsequent growth of something.

My formative years were spent in an inner city.

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Capable of forming something.
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(biology) Capable of producing new tissue.
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(grammar) Pertaining to the inflection of words.
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(grammar) A language unit that has morphological function.
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Origin of formative

  • From Middle French formatif

    From Wiktionary