formative element

noun Grammar.

a morpheme that serves as an affix, not as a base, or root, in word formation.
any noninflectional morpheme, whether base or affix.

Nearby words

  1. formation,
  2. formation dance,
  3. formation rules,
  4. formative,
  5. formative assessment,
  6. formatively,
  7. formboard,
  8. formby,
  9. forme,
  10. forme fruste

Origin of formative element

First recorded in 1870–75 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019