Formative

Definition of Formative

Form´a`tive
a.1.Giving form; having the power of giving form; plastic; as, the formative arts.
The meanest plant can not be raised without seed, by any formative residing in the soil.
- Bentley.
2.(Gram.) Serving to form; derivative; not radical; as, a termination merely formative.
3.(Biol.) Capable of growth and development; germinal; as, living or formative matter.
n.1.(Gram.) That which serves merely to give form, and is no part of the radical, as the prefix or the termination of a word.

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