Definition of substantial
2 : ample to satisfy and nourish : full <a substantial meal>
3a : possessed of means : well-to-dob : 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>
substantialityplay \-ˌstan(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun
substantiallyplay \-ˈstan(t)-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb
substantialnessplay \-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.
First Known Use of substantial
SUBSTANTIAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of substantial for English Language Learners
: large in amount, size, or number
: strongly made
of food : enough to satisfy hunger
SUBSTANTIAL Defined for Kids
Definition of substantial for Students
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 perform — U.S. Code> — compare de minimis
substantiality\-ˌstan-chē-ˈa-lə-tē\ play noun
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