For a generation of moviegoers, there are few filmmakers more influential during one's formative years than Rob Reiner.
Which authors were formative to your writing style, and which comparison do you think is the nearest approximation?
Is your son, Egypt, named after that formative trip you took in 2006 when you were going through a very tough time?
Generation X is now middle-aged and ready to revisit its formative years.
It's going to be hard to get them donate to the GOP down the line if these are their formative memories of what the party values.
The patristic was the formative and, in a sense, conclusive period of Christian theology.
In its literal sense Bildung implies a shaping and formative action.
In these formative years of ungainly figure and uncertain dreaming the poet grows out of the boy.
All the preceding exercises are "formative" for the art of drawing.
The Church, however, during this trying, formative period was the moral ark of safety for Europe.