formatively

formative

[fawr-muh-tiv]
adjective
1.
giving form or shape; forming; shaping; fashioning; molding: a formative process in manufacturing.
2.
pertaining to formation or development: a child's most formative years.
3.
Biology.
a.
capable of developing new cells or tissue by cell division and differentiation: formative tissue.
b.
concerned with the formation of an embryo, organ, or the like.
4.
Grammar. pertaining to a formative.
noun
5.
Grammar. a derivational affix, particularly one that determines the part of speech of the derived word, as -ness, in loudness, hardness, etc.
6.
Linguistics. (in generative grammar) any element, as a word, affix, or inflectional ending, functioning as a minimal syntactic unit that can be used in forming larger constructions.

Origin:
1480–90; < Middle French formatif. See formation, -ive

formatively, adverb
formativeness, noun
nonformative, adjective
nonformatively, adverb
subformative, adjective
subformatively, adverb
subformativeness, noun
unformative, adjective

formative, formidable.


2. receptive, impressionable, susceptible.
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formative (ˈfɔːmətɪv)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to formation, development, or growth: formative years
2.  shaping; moulding: a formative experience
3.  (of tissues and cells in certain parts of an organism) capable of growth and differentiation
4.  functioning in the formation of derived, inflected, or compound words
 
n
5.  an inflectional or derivational affix
6.  (in generative grammar) any of the minimum units of a sentence that have syntactic function
 
'formatively
 
adv
 
'formativeness
 
n

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formative
late 15c., from M.Fr. formatif, from forme (see form).
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