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formative

[ fawr-muh-tiv ]
/ ˈfɔr mə tɪv /
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adjective
noun
Grammar. a derivational affix, particularly one that determines the part of speech of the derived word, as -ness, in loudness, hardness, etc.
Linguistics. (in generative grammar) any element, as a word, affix, or inflectional ending, functioning as a minimal syntactic unit that can be used in forming larger constructions.
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Origin of formative

First recorded in 1480–90; from Old French formatif (masculine), formative (feminine); see formation, -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM formative

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH formative

formative , formidable
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How to use formative in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for formative

formative
/ (ˈfɔːmətɪv) /

adjective
of or relating to formation, development, or growthformative years
shaping; mouldinga formative experience
(of tissues and cells in certain parts of an organism) capable of growth and differentiation
functioning in the formation of derived, inflected, or compound words
noun
an inflectional or derivational affix
(in generative grammar) any of the minimum units of a sentence that have syntactic function

Derived forms of formative

formatively, adverbformativeness, noun
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