Definitions for formativeˈfɔr mə tɪv
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word formative
minimal language unit that has a syntactic (or morphological) function
capable of forming new cells and tissues
"a formative zone in developing bone"
formative, shaping, plastic(adj)
forming or capable of forming or molding or fashioning
"a formative influence"; "a formative experience"
A language unit that has morphological function.
Of or pertaining to the formation and subsequent growth of something.
My formative years were spent in an inner city.
Capable of forming something.
Capable of producing new tissue.
Pertaining to the inflection of words.
giving form; having the power of giving form; plastic; as, the formative arts
serving to form; derivative; not radical; as, a termination merely formative
capable of growth and development; germinal; as, living or formative matter
that which serves merely to give form, and is no part of the radical, as the prefix or the termination of a word
a word formed in accordance with some rule or usage, as from a root
Origin: [Cf. F. formatif.]
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The principal value, in my opinion, is it connects us to 1776 and the formative years of this country.
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.
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.
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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