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
- Feminine plural form of formativo
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