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for·ma·tive

 (fôr′mə-tĭv)
adj.
1. Forming or capable of forming.
2.
a. Susceptible to transformation by growth and development.
b. Biology Capable of producing new cells or tissue.
3. Of or relating to formation, growth, or development: the formative stages of a plot.
4. Linguistics Relating to the formation or inflection of words.
n. Grammar
A derivational or inflectional affix.

for′ma·tive·ly adv.

formative

(ˈfɔːmətɪv)
adj
1. of or relating to formation, development, or growth: formative years.
2. shaping; moulding: a formative experience.
3. (Biology) (of tissues and cells in certain parts of an organism) capable of growth and differentiation
4. (Linguistics) functioning in the formation of derived, inflected, or compound words
n
5. (Linguistics) an inflectional or derivational affix
6. (Grammar) (in generative grammar) any of the minimum units of a sentence that have syntactic function
ˈformatively adv
ˈformativeness n

form•a•tive

(ˈfɔr mə tɪv)

adj.
1. giving form or shape; forming; shaping.
2. pertaining to formation or development: a child's formative years.
3.
a. capable of developing new cells or tissue by cell division and differentiation: formative tissue.
b. concerned with the formation of an embryo, organ, or the like.
4. pertaining to or used in the formation of words.
n.
5. a derivational affix, esp. one that determines the part of speech of the derived word, as -ness in loudness, hardness, etc.
6. (in a generative grammar) any minimal element of syntax, as a word or affix, that can be used in forming larger constructions.
[1480–90; < Middle French formatif]
form′a•tive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.formative - minimal language unit that has a syntactic (or morphological) function
language unit, linguistic unit - one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed
Adj.1.formative - capable of forming new cells and tissues; "a formative zone in developing bone"
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
constructive - constructing or tending to construct or improve or promote development; "constructive criticism"; "a constructive attitude"; "a constructive philosophy"; "constructive permission"
2.formative - forming or capable of forming or molding or fashioning; "a formative influence"; "a formative experience"
constructive - constructing or tending to construct or improve or promote development; "constructive criticism"; "a constructive attitude"; "a constructive philosophy"; "constructive permission"

formative

adjective
1. developmental, sensitive, susceptible, impressionable, malleable, pliant, mouldable She spent her formative years growing up in London.
Translations

formative

[ˈfɔːmətɪv]
A. ADJ
1. [influence etc] → formativo; [years] → de formación
2. (Gram) → formativo
B. N (Gram) → formativo m

formative

[ˈfɔːrmətɪv] adj [influence] → formateur/trice
formative years → années fpl d'apprentissage (fig) (d'un enfant, d'un adolescent), années fpl de formation (fig) (d'un enfant, d'un adolescent)

formative

adj
influence, experienceprägend; her formative yearsdie charakterbildenden Jahre in ihrem Leben; the most formative experience of his lifedie Erfahrung, die sein Leben entscheidend geprägt hat; a formative periodeine Zeit der Entwicklung
(Gram) formative elementWortbildungselement nt
n (Gram) → Wortbildungselement nt, → Formativ nt

formative

[ˈfɔːmətɪv] adjformativo/a
formative years → anni mpl formativi
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