Definitions for formativeˈfɔr mə tɪv

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. formative(adj)

    minimal language unit that has a syntactic (or morphological) function

  2. formative(adj)

    capable of forming new cells and tissues

    "a formative zone in developing bone"

  3. formative, shaping, plastic(adj)

    forming or capable of forming or molding or fashioning

    "a formative influence"; "a formative experience"

Wiktionary

  1. formative(Noun)

    A language unit that has morphological function.

  2. formative(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to the formation and subsequent growth of something.

    My formative years were spent in an inner city.

  3. formative(Adjective)

    Capable of forming something.

  4. formative(Adjective)

    Capable of producing new tissue.

  5. formative(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the inflection of words.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Formative(adj)

    giving form; having the power of giving form; plastic; as, the formative arts

  2. Formative(adj)

    serving to form; derivative; not radical; as, a termination merely formative

  3. Formative(adj)

    capable of growth and development; germinal; as, living or formative matter

  4. Formative(noun)

    that which serves merely to give form, and is no part of the radical, as the prefix or the termination of a word

  5. Formative(noun)

    a word formed in accordance with some rule or usage, as from a root

  6. Origin: [Cf. F. formatif.]

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of formative in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of formative in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Art Cohn:

    The principal value, in my opinion, is it connects us to 1776 and the formative years of this country.

  2. President Barack Obama:

    I don't want to psychoanalyze Mr. Putin. I will say that he has a foot very much in the Soviet past. That's how he came of age. He ran the KGB. Those were his formative experiences.

  3. Army Lieutenant General Raymond Thomas:

    That particular part of ungoverned space requires potentially unique special operations solutions and we're attempting to provide those options to the chain of command, we've already identified some formative organizations that we hope to be able to work with in the future.

  4. Dame Julie Andrews:

    My first memoir, 'Home,' was about my childhood, early training and formative years in the Theater, i am so pleased that my good friends at the Hachette Book Group have encouraged me to share the next phase of my life, beginning with my arrival in Hollywood and the wonderful movies and television programs I was asked to be a part of.

  5. Charles Scribner, Jr.:

    Beyond the formative effects of reading on the individuals composing society, the fact that they have read the same books gives them experiences and ideas in common. These constitute a kind of shorthand of ideas which helps make communication quicker and more efficient. That is what we mean when we say figuratively of another person, We speak the same language.

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