Definitions of formative:
- noun: minimal language unit that has a syntactic (or morphological) function
- adjective: beginning to develop
- adjective: susceptible to alteration by development and experience
Example: "Formative years"
- adjective: relating to or characterized by formative effects or formation
Example: "The formative arts"
- adjective: forming or capable of forming or molding
Example: "A formative influence"
- adjective: capable of forming new cells and tissues
Example: "A formative zone in developing bone"
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