sub·​sti·​tu·​tive | \ ˈsəb-stə-ˌtü-tiv How to pronounce substitutive (audio) , -ˌtyü-\

Definition of substitutive

: serving or suitable as a substitute

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Other Words from substitutive

substitutively adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for substitutive


makeshift, new, substitute



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Examples of substitutive in a Sentence

his recent religious fanaticism is only the latest substitutive addiction of a person with an addictive personality

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Somewhere along the line, a foundational philosophy emerged: Identity is additive, not substitutive. Monte Reel,, "If Davos Were a Person, It Would Be Carlos Ghosn," 20 July 2017

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First Known Use of substitutive

1656, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of substitutive was in 1656

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sub·​sti·​tu·​tive | \ ˈsəb-stə-ˌt(y)üt-iv How to pronounce substitutive (audio) \

Medical Definition of substitutive

: serving or suitable as a substitute substitutive behavior

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substitutively adverb

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concealment of treason or felony

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