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

Definition of substitutive

: serving or suitable as a substitute

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from substitutive

substitutively adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for substitutive



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of substitutive in a Sentence

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'substitutive.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of substitutive

1656, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about substitutive

Time Traveler for substitutive

Time Traveler

The first known use of substitutive was in 1656

See more words from the same year

Statistics for substitutive

Cite this Entry

“Substitutive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for substitutive


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

Other Words from substitutive

substitutively adverb

More from Merriam-Webster on substitutive

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for substitutive

Comments on substitutive

What made you want to look up substitutive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!