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formation

 [for-ma´shun]
1. the process of giving shape or form; the creation of an entity, or of a structure of definite shape.
2. a structure of definite shape.
chiasma formation the process by which a chiasma is formed; it is the cytologic basis of genetic recombination, or crossing over.
compromise formation in psychoanalysis a substituted idea or act representing and permitting partial expression of a repressed conflict.
concept formation the ability to organize a variety of information to form thoughts and ideas, a cognitive performance component in occupational therapy.
reaction formation a defense mechanism in which a person adopts conscious attitudes, interests, or feelings that are the opposites of unconscious feelings, impulses, or wishes. For example, a person may use revulsion or repugnance to defend against an unconscious desire or attraction.

for·ma·tion

(fōr-mā'shŭn), [TA]
1. A formation; a structure of definite shape or cellular arrangement.
2. That which is formed.
3. The act of giving form and shape.
Synonym(s): formatio (1) [TA]

formation

/for·ma·tion/ (for-ma´shun)
1. the process of giving shape or form; the creation of an entity, or of a structure of definite shape.
2. a structure of definite shape.

reaction formation  a defense mechanism in which a person adopts conscious attitudes, interests, or feelings that are the opposites of their unconscious feelings, impulses, or wishes.
reticular formation  any of several diffuse networks of cells and fibers in the spinal cord and brainstem; subdivided into the reticular formations of the spinal cord, medulla oblongata, mesencephalon, and pons.

formation

[fôrmā′shən]
1 a cluster of people who occupy and therefore define a quantum of space.
2 a structure, shape, or figure.

for·ma·tion

(fōr-mā'shŭn)
1. Shape, configuration, arrangement; the way in which anything is formed.
2. That which is so formed.
3. The act of giving form and shape.
Synonym(s): formatio (1) [TA] .

formation

any of the main natural vegetation types extending over a large area that is created by the nature of the climate. Examples include tundra, steppe, rainforest and coniferous forest.

for·ma·tion

(fōr-mā'shŭn)
1. A structure of definite shape or cellular arrangement.
2. That which is formed.
3. The act of giving form and shape.

formation

1. the process of giving shape or form; the creation of an entity, or of a structure of definite shape.
2. a structure of definite shape.
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Unlike developmental-process and most expanded multidimensional theories, formational theories share a fundamental derivation in the three advances in African personality theory identified in a literature review (Azibo, 1990a) as follows:
Personal priorities and self-concerned attitudes have taken precedence over the teaching and formational ministry.
formational, phonological, or semantic similarity) in the experimental list.
While much of the earlier anthropological, sociological, and historical analyses of East Indian identity in the Caribbean and across the "subaltern diaspora" rested on theories of continuity, retention, and persistence of an immutable cultural trait, and while some have modified such views in the last three decades, utilizing perspectives of acculturation and assimilation, the historical origins outlined above provide a perspective on formational identity that has remained largely ignored in the literature.
Another important part of the formational feminist STS scene during the 1980s was the theoretical work in feminist method and epistemology.
A dearth of lay formational and catechetical materials by and for Anglican Canadians now exists.
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Indeed, critics rarely seem to regard the Kalevala as much of a formational influence at all.
They reported that simple in formational interventions may be useful additions to other, more complex interventions for older adults.
Transcendent tutors were the smallest category of all the tutors, and in general had all the characteristics of their trans formational peers but often more explicitly and deeply.
Paideia was regarded as the formational process through which the youth learned to live the "good life," in a philosophical harmony of thought and action in conformity with the divine.