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1 the basic elements from which something can be developed
  • many thought that the mayor's speech lacked substance because specific proposals for solving the city's problems were few

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2 the quality or qualities that make a thing what it is
  • tireless caring and nurturing that was the very substance of maternal love

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3 the total of one's money and property
  • measure the worth of a person not by his earthly substance but by his good deeds

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4 one that has a real and independent existence
  • the question of whether the soul is a substance entirely independent of the body

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The first known use of substance was in the 14th century

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“Substance.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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