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substantial

adjective sub·stan·tial \səb-ˈstan(t)-shəl\

: large in amount, size, or number

: strongly made

of food : enough to satisfy hunger

Full Definition of SUBSTANTIAL

1
a :  consisting of or relating to substance
b :  not imaginary or illusory :  real, true
c :  important, essential
2
:  ample to satisfy and nourish :  full <a substantial meal>
3
a :  possessed of means :  well-to-do
b :  considerable in quantity :  significantly great <earned a substantial wage>
4
:  firmly constructed :  sturdy <a substantial house>
5
:  being largely but not wholly that which is specified <a substantial lie>
substantial noun
sub·stan·ti·al·i·ty \-ˌstan(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun
sub·stan·tial·ly \-ˈstan(t)-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb
sub·stan·tial·ness \-ˈstan(t)-shəl-nəs\ noun
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Examples of SUBSTANTIAL

  1. A substantial number of people commute to work each day.
  2. Activities like that pose a substantial risk of injury.
  3. She purchased her tickets at a substantial discount.
  4. Only the buildings that were constructed of more substantial materials survived the earthquake.
  5. I was hoping that they would serve us something more substantial than wine and cheese.

First Known Use of SUBSTANTIAL

14th century
SUBSTANTIALITY Defined for Kids

substantial

adjective sub·stan·tial \səb-ˈstan-shəl\

Definition of SUBSTANTIAL for Kids

1
:  large in amount <a substantial improvement>
2
:  important 1 <a substantial difference>
3
:  firmly constructed <Substantial walls surround the castle.>
4
:  abundant <a substantial meal>
5
:  prosperous 1 <a substantial farmer>
6
:  made up of or relating to substance :  material

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