[ US /ˈfɔɹmətɪv/ ]
[ UK /fˈɔːmətˌɪv/ ]
  1. minimal language unit that has a syntactic (or morphological) function
  1. forming or capable of forming or molding or fashioning
    a formative influence
    the plastic forces of nature
    a formative experience
  2. capable of forming new cells and tissues
    a formative zone in developing bone
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How To Use formative In A Sentence

  • Among Baptist preachers, the most formative figure in the area of homiletics was John Broadus.
  • It traces the history of sugar and its social and economic impact on the island in a lively and informative exhibition. Times, Sunday Times
  • So numerous and various were the influences, formative and impellent, which combined to bring the colonies up to the precise ripening-point of their independence, as to make it difficult to assign each its proper force. Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 17, No. 098, February, 1876
  • The British Biologist Dr. Rupert Sheldrake introduced the concepts of Morphic Fields and Morphic Resonance in his revolutionary 1981 book A New Science of Life: The Hypothesis of Formative Causation.
  • Most of the advice is simple but transformative. Christianity Today
  • Her formative years were decidedly odd. Times, Sunday Times
  • It is a balanced and informative programme. Times, Sunday Times
  • In truth, they worked superbly as a team - they were the duumvirate who, in the first, formative years of independence, effectively united and strengthened India.
  • Even though this denial has to some extent to do with Habermas’s understandable fight with the ghost of Heidegger, he seems now to turn this into a new orthodoxy, thereby showing how critical theory is incapable of critiquing its very foundational presuppositions such as valorization of rational argumentations, performative competence, validity claims and linguistic intersubjectivity instead of emotional intersubjectivity Craib, 1998. Jürgen Habermas, Sri Aurobindo and Beyond
  • To help maintain interest, each chapter contains a short, informative sidebar.
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