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Meaning of FORMATIVE

Pronunciation:  'formutiv

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  minimal language unit that has a syntactic (or morphological) function
  2. [adj]  forming or capable of forming or molding; "a formative influence"; "a formative experience"
  3. [adj]  (biology) capable of forming new cells and tissues; "a formative zone in developing bone"
  4. [adj]  beginning to develop; "inchoative stages"
  5. [adj]  susceptible to alteration by development and experience; "formative years"
  6. [adj]  relating to or characterized by formative effects or formation; "the formative arts"
 

FORMATIVE is a 9 letter word that starts with F.

 

 Synonyms: constructive, immature, inchoative, shaping, young
 
 See Also: language unit, linguistic unit

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Form"a*tive\, a. [Cf. F. formatif.]
    1. Giving form; having the power of giving form; plastic; as,
       the formative arts.
    
             The meanest plant can not be raised without seed, by
             any formative residing in the soil.   --Bentley.
    
    2. (Gram.) Serving to form; derivative; not radical; as, a
       termination merely formative.
    
    3. (Biol.) Capable of growth and development; germinal; as,
       living or formative matter.
    
    
  2. \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.
    
    
 
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