Formative

  • 1 Formative — Form a*tive, a. [Cf. F. formatif.] 1. Giving form; having the power of giving form; plastic; as, the formative arts. [1913 Webster] The meanest plant can not be raised without seed, by any formative residing in the soil. Bentley. [1913 Webster] 2 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 formative — [fôr′mə tiv] adj. [OFr formatif < ML formativus < L formatus, pp. of formare: see FORM] 1. giving or able to give form; helping to shape, develop, or mold [the formative influence of a teacher] 2. of formation or development [a child s… …

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  • 3 Formative — Form a*tive, n. (Gram.) (a) That which serves merely to give form, and is no part of the radical, as the prefix or the termination of a word. (b) A word formed in accordance with some rule or usage, as from a root. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 formative — index causal, causative, constructive (creative), original (initial), pliable, primary, prime ( …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 formative — (adj.) late 15c., from M.Fr. formatif, from L. format , pp. stem of formare (see FORM (Cf. form) (n.)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 formative — [adj] influential, impressionable determinative, developmental, immature, impressible, malleable, moldable, pliant, sensitive, shaping, susceptible; concepts 534,537 Ant. destructive, noninfluential …

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  • 7 formative — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ serving to form something, especially having a profound influence on a person s development. DERIVATIVES formatively adverb …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 formative — formatively, adv. formativeness, n. /fawr meuh tiv/, adj. 1. giving form or shape; forming; shaping; fashioning; molding: a formative process in manufacturing. 2. pertaining to formation or development: a child s most formative years. 3. Biol. a …

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  • 9 formative — for|ma|tive [ˈfo:mətıv US ˈfo:r ] adj [only before noun] having an important influence on the way someone or something develops formative years/period/stages etc (=the period when someone s character develops) ▪ He exposed his children to music… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 10 formative — I. adjective Date: 15th century 1. a. giving or capable of giving form ; constructive < a formative influence > b. used in word formation or inflection 2. capable of alteration by growth and development; also producing new cells and tissues 3. of …

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  • 11 formative — adjective (only before noun) having an important influence on the way someone s character develops : formative influence/effect etc: Parents have the greatest formative effect on their childrens behaviour. | formative years/period/stages etc… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 formative — /ˈfɔmətɪv / (say fawmuhtiv) adjective 1. giving form or shape; forming; shaping; fashioning; moulding. 2. relating to formation or development: the formative period of a nation. 3. Biology a. capable of developing new cells or tissue by cell… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 13 formative — form|a|tive [ fɔrmətıv ] adjective usually before noun strongly influencing the development of someone s character and beliefs: Her first year at college was a formative experience. I spent my formative years in the Middle East …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 14 formative — [[t]fɔ͟ː(r)mətɪv[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A formative period of time or experience is one that has an important and lasting influence on a person s character and attitudes. She was born in Barbados but spent her formative years growing up in… …

    English dictionary

  • 15 formative — adjective 1) at a formative stage Syn: developmental, developing, growing, malleable, impressionable, susceptible 2) a formative influence Syn: determining, controlling, influential, guiding, decisive …

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  • 16 formative — form•a•tive [[t]ˈfɔr mə tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) giving form or shape; forming; shaping 2) pertaining to formation or development: a child s formative years[/ex] 3) dvl a) capable of developing new cells or tissue by cell division and differentiation:… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 17 formative — 1. adjective a) Of or pertaining to the formation and subsequent growth of something. My formative years were spent in an inner city. b) Capable of forming something. 2. noun A language …

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  • 18 formative — ● formatif, formative adjectif Qui sert à former : Les éléments formatifs d un mot. Se dit de la période de formation d une civilisation précolombienne …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 19 formative — adj. Formative is used with these nouns: ↑experience, ↑influence, ↑period, ↑stage, ↑year …

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  • 20 formative — UK [ˈfɔː(r)mətɪv] / US [ˈfɔrmətɪv] adjective [usually before noun] strongly influencing the development of someone s character and beliefs I spent my formative years in the Middle East …

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