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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.

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The rainy weather could not ________ my elated spirits on my graduation day.

Origin of formative element

First recorded in 1870–75
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