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English definition of “formative”

formative

adjective     /ˈfɔː.mə.tɪv/ US  /ˈfɔːr.mə.t̬ɪv/ formal
relating to the time when someone or something is starting to develop in character: She spent her formative years in Africa. a formative experience a formative periodFirst and firstlyStages of life
(Definition of formative adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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