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Dictionary definition for: Formative

1. (n) minimal language unit that has a syntactic (or morphological) function

2. (a) relating to or characterized by formative effects or formation; "the formative arts"

3. (s) susceptible to alteration by development and experience; "formative years"

4. (s) beginning to develop; "inchoative stages"

5. (s) capable of forming new cells and tissues; "a formative zone in developing bone"

6. (s) forming or capable of forming or molding; "a formative influence" "a formative experience"

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