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Definitions of formative

  1. minimal language unit that has a syntactic (or morphological) function Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. That which serves merely to give form, and is no part of the radical, as the prefix or the termination of a word. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A word formed in accordance with some rule or usage, as from a root. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. A word formed from another. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  5. A derivative word. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. An element added to a word; an affix. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. That which serves merely to give form, and is no part of the root. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. (biology) capable of forming new cells and tissues; "a formative zone in developing bone" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. beginning to develop; "inchoative stages" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. susceptible to alteration by development and experience; "formative years" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. capable of forming new cells and tissues; "a formative zone in developing bone" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. Capable of growth and development; germinal; as, living or formative matter. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Giving shape to; tending to mold. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  14. Giving form; having the power of giving form; plastic; as, "The meanest plant cannot be raised without seeds by any formative power residing in the soil."-Bentley: in gram. serving to form; derivative; inflexional; as, a termination merely formative. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. Giving form. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. Serving or aiding to form. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Pertaining to formation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. Giving form; having the power of giving form; serving to form; derivative, not radical. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. Giving form; plastic. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. Matter which is living and developable. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

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Usage examples for formative

  1. Distinguished career enriched the annals of concluding years of Heroic and opening years of Formative Age of Faith. – Citadel of Faith by Shoghi Effendi
  2. Throughout the formative epoch of her evolution from semi- savagery to civilization, an epoch spanning the years from 1866 to 1896, Colonel Fountain was far and away her most distinguished and most useful citizen. – The Red-Blooded Heroes of the Frontier by Edgar Beecher Bronson
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