from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Forming or capable of forming.
- adj. Susceptible to transformation by growth and development.
- adj. Biology Capable of producing new cells or tissue.
- adj. Of or relating to formation, growth, or development: the formative stages of a plot.
- adj. Linguistics Relating to the formation or inflection of words.
- n. Grammar A derivational or inflectional affix.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Of or pertaining to the formation and subsequent growth of something.
- adj. Capable of forming something.
- adj. Capable of producing new tissue.
- adj. Pertaining to the inflection of words.
- n. A language unit that has morphological function.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Giving form; having the power of giving form; plastic.
- adj. Serving to form; derivative; not radical.
- adj. Capable of growth and development; germinal.
- n. That which serves merely to give form, and is no part of the radical, as the prefix or the termination of a word.
- n. A word formed in accordance with some rule or usage, as from a root.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Giving form or shape; having the power of giving form; plastic; shaping; molding; determining: as, the formative yolk of an egg, which changes into an embryo; a formative process.
- Pertaining to formation or development; related to the fixation of or growth into form or order: as, the formative period of youth or of a nation; formative experiments.
- In grammar, serving to form; determining grammatical form or character as a part of speech or derivative; inflectional: as, a formative termination.
- n. In grammar, a formative element of a word; that which serves to give grammatical form; an addition to or modification of a root or crude form, giving it special character.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. minimal language unit that has a syntactic (or morphological) function
- adj. forming or capable of forming or molding or fashioning
- adj. capable of forming new cells and tissues
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