substantive

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1sub·stan·tive

noun \ˈsəb-stən-tiv\

Definition of SUBSTANTIVE

:  noun; broadly :  a word or word group functioning syntactically as a noun
sub·stan·tiv·ize \-ti-ˌvīz\ transitive verb

Origin of SUBSTANTIVE

Middle English substantif, from Anglo-French sustentif, from sustentif, adjective, having or expressing substance, from Late Latin substantivus, from Latin substantia
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

2sub·stan·tive

adjective \ˈsəb-stən-tiv; 2c & 3 also səb-ˈstan-tiv\

: important, real, or meaningful

: supported by facts or logic

Full Definition of SUBSTANTIVE

1
:  being a totally independent entity
2
a :  real rather than apparent :  firm <need substantive evidence to prove her guilt>; also :  permanent, enduring
b :  belonging to the substance of a thing :  essential
c :  expressing existence <the substantive verb is the verb to be>
d :  requiring or involving no mordant <a substantive dyeing process>
3
a :  having the nature or function of a noun <a substantive phrase>
b :  relating to or having the character of a noun or pronominal term in logic
4
:  considerable in amount or numbers :  substantial <made substantive progress>
5
:  creating and defining rights and duties <substantive law> — compare procedural
6
:  having substance :  involving matters of major or practical importance to all concerned <substantive discussions among world leaders>
sub·stan·tive·ly adverb
sub·stan·tive·ness noun

Examples of SUBSTANTIVE

  1. These changes are more symbolic than substantive.
  2. No substantive changes were made to the document.
  3. There is no substantive reason to change the law.
  4. This was not a drive-by P.R. stunt, and I actually thought it might be, said Representative Zach Wamp, Republican of Tennessee. It was a substantive, in-depth discussion with our conference, and he's very effective. —Jackie Calmes & Carl Hulse, New York Times, 27 Jan. 2009

Origin of SUBSTANTIVE

Middle English, from Anglo-French sustentif (see 1substantive)
First Known Use: 14th century

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