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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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