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formative adj
1 relating to or characterized by formative effects or formation; "the formative arts"
2 susceptible to alteration by development and experience; "formative years"
3 beginning to develop; "inchoative stages" [syn: inchoative]
4 capable of forming new cells and tissues; "a formative zone in developing bone"
5 forming or capable of forming or molding; "a formative influence"; "a formative experience" [syn: shaping] n : minimal language unit that has a syntactic (or morphological) function

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  1. of, or relating to the formation and subsequent growth of something
    My formative years were spent in an inner city.
  2. capable of forming something
  3. capable of producing new tissue
  4. relating to the inflection of words





  1. Feminine plural form of formativo

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