- 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
Synonyms for formative
Related Words for formativedevelopmental, sensitive, determinative, shaping, immature, impressible, malleable, pliant, susceptible, moldable
Examples from the Web for formative
Contemporary Examples of formative
You include a story about a poem, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, really affecting you in your formative years.Richard Blanco’s Gay Latino Poet Survival Kit
October 8, 2014
All my formative years, I spent standing next to Jay [Z] or Justin [Timberlake] or all those kings.How Pharrell Williams Finally Made It to the Top
August 6, 2014
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
July 27, 2014
The Scopes Trial was a formative moment for modern creationism.The Scopes Monkey Trial 2.0: It’s Not About the Stupid Science-Deniers
July 21, 2014
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
Historical Examples of formative
In its literal sense Bildung implies a shaping and formative action.The New Society
Evolution, like development, was due to a Bildungskraft or formative force.
Formative Reize in der thierischen Ontogenese, Leipzig, 1901.
He had undergone the labours of a titan for twelve eventful and formative years.A History of the United States
Perhaps the Chiltern she had married was as yet in a formative state.A Modern Chronicle, Complete
late 15c., from Middle French formatif, from Latin format-, past participle stem of formare (see form (n.)).