substantial

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

Definition of substantial

1a : consisting of or relating to substance
b : not imaginary or illusory : real, true
2 : ample to satisfy and nourish : full a substantial meal
3a : 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

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Other Words from substantial

substantial noun
substantiality \ səb-​ˌstan(t)-​shē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē \ noun
substantially \ səb-​ˈstan(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē \ adverb
substantialness \ səb-​ˈstan(t)-​shəl-​nəs \ noun

Examples of substantial in a Sentence

A substantial number of people commute to work each day. Activities like that pose a substantial risk of injury. She purchased her tickets at a substantial discount. Only the buildings that were constructed of more substantial materials survived the earthquake. I was hoping that they would serve us something more substantial than wine and cheese.
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Later, the trainer would recognize this as a substantial gift from the Universe. Jessica Pressler, The Cut, "Maybe She Had So Much Money She Just Lost Track of It," 28 May 2018 November contained a flurry of Fortnite activity, starting with the first substantial map change not tied to a seasonal turnover. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The year in Fortnite," 18 Dec. 2018 In response, the Navy instituted substantial changes to its training regime and standard operating procedures, resulting in a safer and more effective force. John Mccain, Popular Mechanics, "Fire on the Flight Deck," 27 Aug. 2018 Yet the tax cuts have done little to generate substantial pay growth. Josh Boak, BostonGlobe.com, "US economy added 213,000 jobs in June," 6 July 2018 Yet the tax cuts have done little to generate substantial pay growth. Josh Boak, chicagotribune.com, "U.S. added 213,000 jobs in June; unemployment rose to 4 percent," 6 July 2018 Among the most substantial changes will be a redesign of the White Rock Avenue/Main Street/Pleasant Avenue intersection. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Businesses struggle as Main Street road work treks westward in Waukesha," 3 July 2018 Most report substantial lifestyle changes, illustrating that there’s no single best approach or quick fix—six-week diets aren’t going to cut it. Kevin Klatt, SELF, "Why Weight Loss Diets Fail," 26 June 2018 Kris Dunn, Buddy Hield and Taurean Prince were the fifth, sixth and 12th picks in the 2016 draft, proving teams foresee substantial growth for those players in the NBA. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "Villanova's Mikal Bridges is the rare four-year player destined to be an NBA lottery pick," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of substantial

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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substantial

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of substantial

: large in amount, size, or number

: strongly made

of food : enough to satisfy hunger

substantial

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

Kids Definition of substantial

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

substantial

adjective
sub·​stan·​tial | \ səb-ˈstan-chəl \

Legal Definition of substantial

1a : of or relating to substance
b : not illusory : having merit failed to raise a substantial constitutional claim
c : having importance or significance : material a substantial step had not been taken toward commission of the crime— W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr.
2 : considerable in quantity : significantly great identification of serious and substantial failure to performU.S. Code — compare de minimis

Other Words from substantial

substantiality \ -​ˌstan-​chē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē \ noun
substantially adverb

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