Formative - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈfɔːrmətɪv|  American pronunciation of the word formative
Brit.  |ˈfɔːmətɪv|  British pronunciation of the word formative

noun

- minimal language unit that has a syntactic (or morphological) function

adjective

- capable of forming new cells and tissues
- forming or capable of forming or molding or fashioning(syn: plastic, shaping)

Examples

This experience had a formative influence on his art.

...a teacher who was a formative influence on generations of students...

The early formative period of the Christian church.

She spent her formative years growing up in London.

He exposed his children to music throughout their formative years.

International politics were a formative influence on the party.

a formative zone in developing bone

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