formative Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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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
(Definition of formative from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"formative" in American English

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formativeadjective [not gradable]

 us   /ˈfɔr·mə·t̬ɪv/
developing and not ​yetcompletelyformed: the formative ​years of ​adolescence
(Definition of formative from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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