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Noun: formative  for-mu-tiv
  1. Minimal language unit that has a syntactic (or morphological) function
Adjective: formative  for-mu-tiv
  1. (biology) capable of forming new cells and tissues
    "a formative zone in developing bone"
     
  2. Forming or capable of forming or moulding or fashioning
    "a formative influence";
    - shaping, plastic

Derived forms: formatives

See also: constructive

Type of: language unit, linguistic unit