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formative element

noun, Grammar.
1.
a morpheme that serves as an affix, not as a base, or root, in word formation.
2.
any noninflectional morpheme, whether base or affix.
Origin of formative element
1870-1875
First recorded in 1870-75
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  • There remains still one highly important thing to be considered as a formative element of the Japanese spirit.

    The Japanese Spirit Yoshisaburo Okakura
  • It is the formative element in the karma as it has taken shape in bodily existence.

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