Definitions for substantiveˈsʌb stən tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

sub•stan•tiveˈsʌb stən tɪv(adj.)

  1. having independent existence; independent.

  2. belonging to the real nature or essential part of a thing; essential.

  3. real or actual.

  4. of considerable amount or quantity.

  5. possessing substance; having practical importance, value, or effect:

    substantive issues.

  6. of, pertaining to, or functioning as a noun: expressing existence: To be

    a substantive adjective.

    is a substantive verb.

    Category: Grammar

  7. Law. relating to rules of right, rather than those of procedure

    Category: Law

    Ref: (opposed to adjective 5 )

  8. (of dye colors) attaching directly to the material without the aid of a mordant

    Category: Textiles

    Ref: (opposed to adjective )

  9. (n.)a noun.

    Category: Grammar

  10. a pronoun, adjective, or other word or phrase functioning as a noun.

    Category: Grammar

Origin of substantive:

1350–1400; ME < LL substantīvus


Princeton's WordNet

  1. substantive(adj)

    any word or group of words functioning as a noun

  2. substantial, substantive(adj)

    having a firm basis in reality and being therefore important, meaningful, or considerable

    "substantial equivalents"

  3. substantive, essential(adj)

    defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established

    "substantive law"

  4. meaty, substantive(adj)

    being on topic and prompting thought

    "a meaty discussion"


  1. substantive(Noun)

    A word that names or refers to a person, place, thing, or idea. Nouns and personal pronouns are always substantives by nature.

  2. substantive(Adjective)

    Of the essence or essential element of a thing; as, "substantive information".

  3. substantive(Adjective)

    Having substance and prompting thought.

  4. substantive(Adjective)

    Applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; as, "substantive law".

  5. substantive(Adjective)

    Of a dye that does not need the use of a mordant to be made fast to that which is being dyed.

  6. Origin: From substantif.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Substantive(adj)

    betokening or expressing existence; as, the substantive verb, that is, the verb to be

  2. Substantive(adj)

    depending on itself; independent

  3. Substantive(adj)

    enduring; solid; firm; substantial

  4. Substantive(adj)

    pertaining to, or constituting, the essential part or principles; as, the law substantive

  5. Substantive(noun)

    a noun or name; the part of speech which designates something that exists, or some object of thought, either material or immaterial; as, the words man, horse, city, goodness, excellence, are substantives

  6. Substantive(verb)

    to substantivize


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