What does substantial mean?

Definitions for substantial
səbˈstæn ʃəlsub·stan·tial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. significant, substantial(adj)

    fairly large

    "won by a substantial margin"

  2. substantial, substantive(adj)

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

    "substantial equivalents"

  3. substantial, real, material(adj)

    having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary

    "the substantial world"; "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"; "most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare

  4. hearty, satisfying, solid, square, substantial(adj)

    providing abundant nourishment

    "a hearty meal"; "good solid food"; "ate a substantial breakfast"; "four square meals a day"

  5. solid, strong, substantial(adj)

    of good quality and condition; solidly built

    "a solid foundation"; "several substantial timber buildings"


  1. substantial(Noun)

    Anything having substance; an essential part.

    Etymology: From substantiel.

  2. substantial(Adjective)

    Belonging to substance; actually existing; real; as, substantial life.

    Etymology: From substantiel.

  3. substantial(Adjective)

    Not seeming or imaginary; not illusive; real; solid; true; veritable.

    Etymology: From substantiel.

  4. substantial(Adjective)

    Corporeal; material; firm.

    Etymology: From substantiel.

  5. substantial(Adjective)

    Having good substance; strong; stout; solid; firm; as, substantial cloth; a substantial fence or wall.

    Etymology: From substantiel.

  6. substantial(Adjective)

    possessed of goods or an estate; moderately wealthy; responsible; as, a substantial freeholder.

    Etymology: From substantiel.

  7. substantial(Adjective)

    Large in size, quantity, or value; as, a substantial amount of money; vast

    Etymology: From substantiel.

  8. substantial(Adjective)

    Most important; essential.

    Etymology: From substantiel.

  9. substantial(Adjective)

    Ample or full.

    A substantial amount of people in this buliding

    Etymology: From substantiel.

  10. substantial(Adjective)

    Significantly great.

    Etymology: From substantiel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Substantial(adj)

    belonging to substance; actually existing; real; as, substantial life

    Etymology: [F. substantiel, L. substantialis.]

  2. Substantial(adj)

    not seeming or imaginary; not illusive; real; solid; true; veritable

    Etymology: [F. substantiel, L. substantialis.]

  3. Substantial(adj)

    corporeal; material; firm

    Etymology: [F. substantiel, L. substantialis.]

  4. Substantial(adj)

    having good substance; strong; stout; solid; firm; as, substantial cloth; a substantial fence or wall

    Etymology: [F. substantiel, L. substantialis.]

  5. Substantial(adj)

    possessed of goods or an estate; moderately wealthy; responsible; as, a substantial freeholder

    Etymology: [F. substantiel, L. substantialis.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Substantial

    sub-stan′shal, adj. belonging to or having substance: actually existing: real: solid: having substance or strength: lasting, likely to be permanent: strong, stout, bulky: corporeal, material: having property or estate: considerable, pretty wealthy: conforming to what is essential: involving the essential rights or merits of.—v.t. Substan′tialīse, to give reality to.—ns. Substan′tialism, the theory that there is a real existence or substratum underlying the phenomena of consciousness; Substantial′ity.—adv. Substan′tially.—n. Substan′tialness.—n.pl. Substan′tials, essential parts.—v.t. Substan′tiāte, to make substantial: to prove or confirm.—n. Substantiā′tion.—adjs. Substantī′val; Sub′stantive, expressing existence: real: of real, independent importance.—n. (gram.) the part of speech denoting something that exists: a noun.—adv. Sub′stantively.—n. Sub′stantiveness.—v.t. Sub′stantivise. [Fr. substantiel—L. substantialissubstantia.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'substantial' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1641

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'substantial' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2606

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'substantial' in Adjectives Frequency: #208

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of substantial in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of substantial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of substantial in a Sentence

  1. Deputy Economy Minister Antonio Misiani:

    The decree will mobilize very substantial resources.

  2. Robert Redfield:

    I can tell you that when they announced that the other day, obviously there was substantial disappointment with American Airlines, i can say this is under critical review right now by The US at CDC. The US don't think it's the right message.

  3. Neil Ferguson:

    However, the detection of three cases outside China is worrying. We calculate, based on flight and population data, that there is only a 1 in 574 chance that a person infected in Wuhan would travel overseas before they sought medical care. This implies there might have been over 1,700 cases in Wuhan so far, there are many unknowns, meaning the uncertainty range around this estimate goes from 190 cases to over 4,000. But the magnitude of these numbers suggests that substantial human-to-human transmission can not be ruled out. Heightened surveillance, prompt information sharing and enhanced preparedness are recommended.

  4. The IEA:

    While there is unlikely to be a substantial boost in Iranian production before next year, oil held in floating storage could start to hit world markets before then.

  5. Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer:

    I stand behind my account which was corroborated by substantial additional evidence. In addition to my contemporaneous journal entry, I told six people about the conversation on the day it occurred, including a lawyer representing the City of Hoboken.

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  • حقيقيArabic
  • podstatný, opravdový, bytelný, hmotnýCzech
  • wesentlichGerman
  • sustancialSpanish
  • oleellinen, vauras, todellinen, olennainen, huomattava, tukeva, runsas, tuhtiFinnish
  • substantielFrench
  • susbainteachScottish Gaelic
  • ठोसHindi
  • alapvető, gazdag, valódi, vagyonos, szilárd, lényegi, tehetős, tartós, való, tekintélyes, jómódú, bőséges, lényegesHungarian
  • sostanzialeItalian
  • 堅固, 裕福, 実際, 現実, 実質的, 物質的, 頑丈, 大量Japanese
  • substanțialRomanian
  • вещественный, состоятельный, солидный, важный, значительный, зажиточный, действительный, материальный, крепкий, существенный, настоящий, реальный, прочный, обеспеченныйRussian
  • கணிசமானTamil
  • کافیUrdu
  • trọng yếuVietnamese

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