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Definition of Formative


  1. Giving form; having the power of giving form; plastic; as, the formative arts.
  2. Serving to form; derivative; not radical; as, a termination merely formative.
  3. Capable of growth and development; germinal; as, living or formative matter.
  4. That which serves merely to give form, and is no part of the radical, as the prefix or the termination of a word.
  5. A word formed in accordance with some rule or usage, as from a root.


More "Formative" Quotations

Formative Translations

formative in German is bildend, formend
formative in Italian is formante
formative in Norwegian is grunnleggende
formative in Spanish is formativo