formative

Formative is a word that describes something that made you who you are. You might call your adolescence your formative years because that time period had such a strong influence on the rest of your life.

The word form means “to shape.” Something that is formative is capable of shaping or molding something or someone. A formative experience is one that strongly influenced you, like the first time you went to the beach and decided, from that day, that you wanted to become a world-class surfer. Formative can also describe an organism that is able to form new cells. In linguistics, the noun formative is a small language unit that can help shape or form a word.

Definitions of formative
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n minimal language unit that has a syntactic (or morphological) function

Type of:
language unit, linguistic unit
one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed

adj forming or capable of forming or molding or fashioning

“a formative influence”
“a formative experience”
Synonyms:
plastic, shaping
constructive
constructing or tending to construct or improve or promote development

adj capable of forming new cells and tissues

“a formative zone in developing bone”
Synonyms:
constructive
constructing or tending to construct or improve or promote development

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