What does formative mean?

Definitions for formative
ˈfɔr mə tɪvfor·ma·tive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. formativeadjective

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

  2. formativeadjective

    capable of forming new cells and tissues

    "a formative zone in developing bone"

  3. formative, shaping, plasticadjective

    forming or capable of forming or molding or fashioning

    "a formative influence"; "a formative experience"


  1. formativenoun

    A language unit that has morphological function.

  2. formativeadjective

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

    My formative years were spent in an inner city.

  3. formativeadjective

    Capable of forming something.

  4. formativeadjective

    Capable of producing new tissue.

  5. formativeadjective

    Pertaining to the inflection of words.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Formativeadjective

    Having the power of giving form; plastick.

    Etymology: from formo, Latin.

    As we have established our assertion of the seminal production of all kinds of animals; so likewise we affirm, that the meanest plant cannot be raised without seed, by any formative power residing in the soil. Richard Bentley, Sermons.


  1. formative

    Formative refers to something that shapes, influences, or contributes significantly to the development, growth, or formation of someone's character, behavior, or mind. It can also relate to the learning process where activities or assessments are designed to identify and improve a learner's skills and knowledge. In a broader context, formative can pertain to stages of creating, establishing, or forming something. It emphasizes the process of development rather than final outcomes.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Formativeadjective

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

  2. Formativeadjective

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

  3. Formativeadjective

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

  4. Formativenoun

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

  5. Formativenoun

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

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

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  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

Examples of formative in a Sentence

  1. Lim Eul-chul:

    We have become accustomed to seeing her in a more public role, but Kim Yo Jong’s political roots and her formative career experience are behind the scenes, not sitting on a platform listening to speeches.

  2. Jonny Kim:

    I'd say that the events that unfolded on August 2nd 2006 and days afterwards where we lost much better warriors than I, much braver and selfless, that those were much more formative in shaping what I do and will do for the rest of my life. And the actions of that day, we lost 2 really good men. I don't even know where to start. One of my good friends one of our good friends Ryan Job was hit in the face, and I learned a lot that day. Well, I think we all did.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Miguel Cardona:

    I spent the formative part of my career in a Connecticut elementary school. I will never forget the ripple effect of fear and heartbreak that spread among students and teachers in the aftermath of the horrific Sandy Hook shooting.

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