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- Of or pertaining to the formation and subsequent growth of something.
- My formative years were spent in an inner city.
- Capable of forming something.
- (biology) Capable of producing new tissue.
- (grammar) Pertaining to the inflection of words.
- (education) Denoting forms of assessment used to guide learning rather than to quantify educational outcomes.
formative (plural formatives)