What does substantive mean?

Definitions for substantiveˈsʌb stən tɪv

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word substantive.

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

  7. Origin: [L. substantivus: cf. F. substantif.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of substantive in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of substantive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Guy Cournoyer:

    We have asked a lot of you but you rose to the occasion and indeed proved that real and substantive justice is a reality.

  2. Art Hogan:

    China's is more substantive because they are actually doing something, Draghi is talking about the potential, which is still good but not the same.

  3. Kevin Rudd:

    If you do not want this sort of thing to repeat itself then a substantive reform would lie in sufficiently empowering WHO globally to act globally on threats to global public health.

  4. Art Hogan:

    To the extent that you got dueling positive monetary policy statements in two places that we were concerned about a slowdown in economic growth, that's very good, China's is more substantive because they are actually doing something.

  5. Bernie Sanders:

    Well, what motivated that is that I think the American people want substantive discussions on substantive issues, there is a process in place for the email situation that Hillary Clinton is dealing with. Let it play itself out. As a nation, let us start focusing on why it is that so few have so much and so many have so little.

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