Talk:conformative

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"adkective pertaining to conforming" but not to be found in any other dictionary? --Connel MacKenzie 05:11, 26 October 2006 (UTC)

Seems to be a real word. Added definition (from Googling) and moved to uncapitalized. SemperBlotto 07:39, 26 October 2006 (UTC)
I've seen this word used. Seems to be just a rather pompous way of saying "conforming".
730 distinct pages (the claim is 31,600 total Google hits; I've never accounted for the disparity) only 27 of which are not verifiably English. Does that constitute "clearly widespread use"? DAVilla 15:01, 26 October 2006 (UTC)
No, I don't think so. The improper construction "conformative" needs to be labelled as illiterate, considering the two existing adjectives conformity and conforming already suffice for any intended "pompus" use. If valid print citations are found for it, that is. --Connel MacKenzie 17:58, 26 October 2006 (UTC)
First of all, conformity is a noun :-)
There are 733 Google Books hits. [1] I'm not sure this is just a substitution for the above two words. There appears to be an additional meaning (the sense == conforming is definitely there) more along the lines of "causing one to conform", with the emphasis on the causation. However, a lot of these are quite dense with jargon (these are largely, though by no means exclusively, "psychology of"-type texts) so perhaps this is too context specific? Anyway, here's a few less jargonish cites to support that:
  • 1999: Phillip K. Wilson, Surgery, Skin And Syphilis: Daniel Turner's London (1667-1741) [2]
    ...the impressed immaterial ‘species' from the mother's imagination became expressed as a result of the imagination's conformative power.
  • 2000: Martha Joynt Kumar (ed.), Lawrence R. Jacobs (ed.), Robert Y. Shapiro, Presidential Power: Forging the Presidency for the Twenty-first Century [3]
    The immediate prospects for transformational (or conformative) leadership in the presidency do not at present appear auspicious.
  • 2004: Paul Spencer, The Samburu: A Study in Geocentracy [4]
    The social structure of the two conformative societies is more clearly defined: individual enterprise and competition are more discernible in the other two...
--Jeffqyzt 19:05, 26 October 2006 (UTC)

RfV passed. DAVilla 04:58, 29 October 2006 (UTC)