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Adjective formative has 5 senses
  1. formative - relating to or characterized by formative effects or formation; "the formative arts"
  2. formative - susceptible to alteration by development and experience; "formative years"
    old (indirect, via young)
  3. formative, inchoative - beginning to develop; "inchoative stages"
    Antonym: mature (indirect, via immature)
  4. formative - capable of forming new cells and tissues; "a formative zone in developing bone"
    destructive (indirect, via constructive)
  5. formative, shaping - forming or capable of forming or molding; "a formative influence"; "a formative experience"
    Antonym: destructive (indirect, via constructive)
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