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Definition of formative:

  1. A word formed in accordance with some rule or usage, as from a root.
  2. Capable of growth and development; germinal; as, living or formative matter.
  3. Giving form; having the power of giving form; plastic; as, the formative arts.
  4. Serving to form; derivative; not radical; as, a termination merely formative.
  5. That which serves merely to give form, and is no part of the radical, as the prefix or the termination of a word.

Synonyms:

constructive, juvenile, fictile, immature, inchoative, plastic, pliable, pliant, impressionable, shaping, young, moldable.

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