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as in potential
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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as in object
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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“Substance.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/substance. Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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