Definitions for formativeˈfɔr mə tɪv

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  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"

WiktionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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 DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  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.]

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