- capable of developing new cells or tissue by cell division and differentiation: formative tissue.
- concerned with the formation of an embryo, organ, or the like.
Origin of formative
Examples from the Web for formative
You include a story about a poem, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, really affecting you in your formative years.
All my formative years, I spent standing next to Jay [Z] or Justin [Timberlake] or all those kings.
For a generation of moviegoers, there are few filmmakers more influential during one's formative years than Rob Reiner.Rob Reiner on the State of Romcoms, ‘The Princess Bride’s’ Alternate Ending, and the Red Viper|Marlow Stern|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Scopes Trial was a formative moment for modern creationism.The Scopes Monkey Trial 2.0: It’s Not About the Stupid Science-Deniers|Michael Schulson|July 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The correlation is especially robust in the lower grades, when students are in their formative years.How a 1973 Supreme Court Decision Has Contributed to Our Inequality|Geoffrey R. Stone|May 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"So important that a girl gets the right atmosphere during her formative years," said Sister Dickenson.Plowing On Sunday|Sterling North
Evolution, like development, was due to a Bildungskraft or formative force.Form and Function|E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
When this stage was reached the formative age of feudalism may be considered at an end.
That education is formative of mind is not questioned; it is the conception already propounded.Democracy and Education|John Dewey
The time seemed proper to restate the salient factors in the history of this formative period.Union and Democracy|Allen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for formative
Word Origin and History for formative
late 15c., from Middle French formatif, from Latin format-, past participle stem of formare (see form (n.)).