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"formative" in British English

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formativeadjective

uk   /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 period
specialized education A formative assessment happens while a student is being taught about a subject, rather than at the end of a year or unit of work, in order to check their progress: Continual formative assessment of student understanding through observation, student questioning, and written assignments helps teachers decide how well students are doing.
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"formative" in American English

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formativeadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈfɔr·mə·t̬ɪv/
developing and not yet completely formed: the formative years of adolescence
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