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adjective as in influential, impressionable


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For Parks, now an accomplished author, the book was a formative introduction to suspense.

The other recent fast-charging breakthrough is at a more formative stage, but it wouldn’t necessarily require upgrades to existing fast charging infrastructure.

It turns out, as childhood magic tricks go, there was no real bewitchery, just fresh ingredients that I paid little attention to during those formative years.

What helped Andy in particular become that sort of uber-competitor was having an older brother who’s a bit bigger and a bit stronger than him through most of his formative years.

The time spent with America’s best miler was formative for Magness.

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You include a story about a poem, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, really affecting you in your formative years.

All my formative years, I spent standing next to Jay [Z] or Justin [Timberlake] or all those kings.

For a generation of moviegoers, there are few filmmakers more influential during one's formative years than Rob Reiner.

The Scopes Trial was a formative moment for modern creationism.

The correlation is especially robust in the lower grades, when students are in their formative years.

Politically they have been neglected, until the Citizens' Union gave them a formative part in political decisions.

If children are not in schools, they are yet subject to influences that are formative of character.

Consequently, we find that behind all systems of primitive religion lies the formative background of natural phenomena.

In its literal sense Bildung implies a shaping and formative action.

This was the boy that for the last four years we had considered as a great example of the formative influences of the school!

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On this page you'll find 20 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to formative, such as: developmental, determinative, sensitive, shaping, immature, and impressible.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.