Definitions for substantiveˈsʌb stən tɪv
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
sub•stan•tiveˈsʌb stən tɪv(adj.)
having independent existence; independent.
belonging to the real nature or essential part of a thing; essential.
real or actual.
of considerable amount or quantity.
possessing substance; having practical importance, value, or effect:
of, pertaining to, or functioning as a noun: expressing existence: To be
a substantive adjective.
is a substantive verb.
Law. relating to rules of right, rather than those of procedure
Ref: (opposed to adjective 5 )
(of dye colors) attaching directly to the material without the aid of a mordant
Ref: (opposed to adjective )
a pronoun, adjective, or other word or phrase functioning as a noun.
Origin of substantive:
1350–1400; ME < LL substantīvus
any word or group of words functioning as a noun
having a firm basis in reality and being therefore important, meaningful, or considerable
defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established
being on topic and prompting thought
"a meaty discussion"
A word that names or refers to a person, place, thing, or idea. Nouns and personal pronouns are always substantives by nature.
Of the essence or essential element of a thing; as, "substantive information".
Having substance and prompting thought.
Applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; as, "substantive law".
Of a dye that does not need the use of a mordant to be made fast to that which is being dyed.
Origin: From substantif.
betokening or expressing existence; as, the substantive verb, that is, the verb to be
depending on itself; independent
enduring; solid; firm; substantial
pertaining to, or constituting, the essential part or principles; as, the law substantive
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