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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web This simple, substitutive kind of automation, Mr. Acemoglu and Mr. Restrepo wrote, threatens not just individual workers, but the economy as a whole. New York Times, 6 Mar. 2021 Somewhere along the line, a foundational philosophy emerged: Identity is additive, not substitutive. Monte Reel,, 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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“Substitutive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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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

Other Words from substitutive

substitutively adverb


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