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Definitions of formative

  1. relating to or characterized by formative effects or formation; "the formative arts" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. minimal language unit that has a syntactic (or morphological) function Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. forming or capable of forming or molding; "a formative influence"; "a formative experience" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. (biology) capable of forming new cells and tissues; "a formative zone in developing bone" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. beginning to develop; "inchoative stages" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. susceptible to alteration by development and experience; "formative years" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. capable of forming new cells and tissues; "a formative zone in developing bone" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  8. Giving form; having the power of giving form; plastic; as, the formative arts. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Serving to form; derivative; not radical; as, a termination merely formative. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Capable of growth and development; germinal; as, living or formative matter. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. 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
  12. A word formed in accordance with some rule or usage, as from a root. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A word formed from another. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. Giving shape to; tending to mold. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. 1. Relating to the process of development. 2. Forming, producing, originating. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  16. 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.
  17. A derivative word. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. Giving form. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. Serving or aiding to form. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. Pertaining to formation. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. An element added to a word; an affix. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. Giving form; plastic. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  25. Matter which is living and developable. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  26. [Latin] Plastic; appl. matter which is living and developable. na
  27. Producing, or attended with the production of, new tissue; as F. osteitis, F. (or embryonic) cell. na
  28. Serving to fashion, of formation; (Gram., of flexional& derivative suffixes and prefixes) used in forming words, (n.) f. element. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  29. n. That which serves merely to give form, and is no part of the radical;—a word formed in accordance with some rule or usage, as from a root. Cabinet Dictionary
  30. Having the power of giving form, plastick. Complete Dictionary

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