Giving form; having the power of giving form; plastic; as, the formative arts.
- Forming or capable of forming.
- Susceptible to transformation by growth and development.
- Biology Capable of producing new cells or tissue.
- Of or relating to formation, growth, or development: the formative stages of a plot.
- Linguistics Relating to the formation or inflection of words.
- Grammar A derivational or inflectional affix.