Definition of Substantive

1. Noun. Any word or group of words functioning as a noun.

Generic synonyms: Word
Specialized synonyms: Noun
Derivative terms: Substantival



2. Adjective. Having a firm basis in reality and being therefore important, meaningful, or considerable. "Substantial equivalents"
Exact synonyms: Substantial
Similar to: Essential

3. Adjective. Defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established. "Substantive law"
Exact synonyms: Essential
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Derivative terms: Essentialness
Antonyms: Adjective

4. Adjective. Being on topic and prompting thought. "A meaty discussion"
Exact synonyms: Meaty
Similar to: Meaningful
Derivative terms: Meat

Definition of Substantive

1. a. Betokening or expressing existence; as, the substantive verb, that is, the verb to be.

2. n. A noun or name; the part of speech which designates something that exists, or some object of thought, either material or immaterial; as, the words man, horse, city, goodness, excellence, are substantives.

3. v. t. To substantivize.

Definition of Substantive

1. Adjective. Of the essence or essential element of a thing; as, "substantive information". ¹

2. Adjective. Having substance and prompting thought. ¹

3. Adjective. (legal) Applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; as, "substantive law". ¹

4. Adjective. (chemistry) Of a dye that does not need the use of a mordant to be made fast to that which is being dyed. ¹

5. Noun. (grammar) A word that names or refers to a person, place, thing, or idea. Nouns and personal pronouns are always substantives by nature. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Substantive

1. [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Substantive

substantializing
substantially
substantialness
substantials
substantiate
substantiated
substantiates
substantiating
substantiation
substantiations
substantiative
substantival
substantivalist
substantivalists
substantivally
substantive (current term)
substantive adjective
substantive adjectives
substantive case
substantive cases
substantive dye
substantive law
substantively
substantiveness
substantives
substantivisation
substantivise
substantivised
substantivises
substantivising

Literary usage of Substantive

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges: Founded on by Joseph Henry Allen, James Bradstreet Greenough, Benjamin Leonard D'Ooge (1903)
"A clause which is used as a noun may be called a substantive Clause, as certain relative ... A. substantive Clause may be used as the Subject or Object ..."

2. Allen and Greenough's New Latin Grammar for Schools and Colleges: Founded on by Joseph Henry Allen, James Bradstreet Greenough (1916)
"A clause which is used as a noun may he called a substantive Clause, ... A substantive Clause may be used as the Subject or Object of a verb, ..."

3. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1891)
"Be considered how sufficient and substantive this land was to maintain ... Many . . . thought it a pity that so substantive and rare a creature should ..."

4. A Greek Grammar, for Schools and Colleges by James Hadley (1872)
"A substantive may be qualified b. by a substantive in the same case. a. by an adjective in the same case, number, and gender. a. an ATTRIBUTIVE, ..."

5. Cornell Studies in Classical Philology by Cornell University, Friedrich Solmsen (1901)
"Our first category in the treatment of the Subjunctive substantive Clauses consists ... With reference, now, to such appellations as "substantive Clauses of ..."

6. The Principles of Psychology by William James (1890)
"They will name a substantive kernel or nucleus of the consciousness, ... It is a vicious use of speech to take out a substantive kernel from its content and ..."

7. The Complete Works of Edward Livingston on Criminal Jurisprudence by Edward Livingston, Salmon Portland Chase (1873)
"substantive evidence being that which arises from the existence or position ... A bloody dagger is substantive evidence : if the judge saw it in the hand of ..."

8. The Principles of Psychology by William James (1918)
"They will name a substantive kernel or nucleus of the consciousness, ... It is a vicious use of speech to take out a substantive kernel from its content and ..."

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