|1.||[ noun ] (grammar,linguistics) minimal language unit that has a syntactic (or morphological) function|
|2.||[ adjective ] beginning to develop|
|3.||[ adjective ] (biology) capable of forming new cells and tissues|
"a formative zone in developing bone"
|Related terms:||biology constructive|
|4.||[ adjective ] susceptible to alteration by development and experience|
|5.||[ adjective ] relating to or characterized by formative effects or formation|
"the formative arts"
|6.||[ adjective ] forming or capable of forming or molding|
"a formative influence" "a formative experience"