What does substantial mean?

Definitions for substantial
səbˈstæn ʃəlsub·stan·tial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. significant, substantialadjective

    fairly large

    "won by a substantial margin"

  2. substantial, substantiveadjective

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

    "substantial equivalents"

  3. substantial, real, materialadjective

    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, substantialadjective

    providing abundant nourishment

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

  5. solid, strong, substantialadjective

    of good quality and condition; solidly built

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


  1. substantialnoun

    Anything having substance; an essential part.

  2. substantialadjective

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

  3. substantialadjective

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

  4. substantialadjective

    Corporeal; material; firm.

  5. substantialadjective

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

  6. substantialadjective

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

  7. substantialadjective

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

  8. substantialadjective

    Most important; essential.

  9. substantialadjective

    Ample or full.

    A substantial amount of people in this buliding

  10. substantialadjective

    Significantly great.

  11. Etymology: From substantiel.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Substantialadjective

    Etymology: substantielle, Fr. from substance.

    If this atheist would have his chance to be a real and substantial agent, he is more stupid than the vulgar. Richard Bentley.

    O blessed! blessed night! I am afraid,
    Being in night, all this is but a dream;
    Too flattering sweet to be substantial. William Shakespeare.

    To give thee being, I lent
    Out of my side to thee, nearest my heart,
    Substantial life. John Milton.

    If happiness be a substantial good,
    Not fram’d of accidents, nor subject to them,
    I err’d to seek it in a blind revenge. John Denham.

    Time, as a river, hath brought down to us what is more light and superficial, while things more solid and substantial have been immersed. Joseph Glanvill.

    The difference betwixt the empty vanity of ostentation, and the substantial ornaments of virtue. Roger L'Estrange.

    Observations are the only sure grounds whereon to build a lasting and substantial philosophy. John Woodward.

    A solid and substantial greatness of soul, looks down with neglect on the censures and applauses of the multitude. Addison.

    Now shine these planets with substantial rays?
    Does innate lustre gild their measur’d days? Matthew Prior.

    The sun appears flat like a plate of silver, the moon as big as the sun, and the rainbow a large substantial arch in the sky, all which are gross falshoods. Isaac Watts.

    Substantial doors,
    Cross-barr’d and bolted fast, fear no assault. John Milton.

    Trials of crimes and titles of right shall be made by verdict of a jury, chosen out of the honest and most substantial freeholders. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    The merchants, and substantial citizens, cannot make up more than a hundred thousand families. Joseph Addison, on the War.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Substantialadjective

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

  2. Substantialadjective

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

  3. Substantialadjective

    corporeal; material; firm

  4. Substantialadjective

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

  5. Substantialadjective

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

  6. 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. Josh Hawley:

    The House Investigative Committee's Report contains shocking, substantial, and corroborated evidence of wrongdoing by Governor Governor Greitens, the conduct the report details is certainly impeachable, in my judgment, and Missouri House is well within Missouri House rights to proceed on that front. But the people of Missouri should not be put through that ordeal. Governor Greitens should resign immediately.

  2. Bryan Springmeyer:

    (It) seems crazy to borrow that much to pay taxes, so I have to assume he’d need to liquidate a substantial amount of the shares purchased from the option exercise to pay taxes.

  3. Ben Bernanke:

    I assure you they have a substantial portion of the government's debt themselves.

  4. Antony Blinken:

    I pressed the Kremlin to accept the substantial proposal that we put forth on the release of Paul Whelan and Brittney Griner.

  5. Andrew Steptoe:

    By identifying factors that may raise dementia risk that are influenced by lifestyle factors, we hope that a substantial portion, but admittedly not all, of dementia cases can be prevented through public health interventions.

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  • حقيقيArabic
  • hmotný, opravdový, podstatný, bytelnýCzech
  • wesentlichGerman
  • sustancialSpanish
  • huomattava, tukeva, oleellinen, runsas, olennainen, vauras, tuhti, todellinenFinnish
  • substantielFrench
  • susbainteachScottish Gaelic
  • ठोसHindi
  • tartós, tehetős, bőséges, tekintélyes, jómódú, való, lényegi, szilárd, vagyonos, valódi, gazdag, lényeges, alapvetőHungarian
  • sostanzialeItalian
  • 物質的, 頑丈, 実質的, 大量, 現実, 堅固, 実際, 裕福Japanese
  • substanțialRomanian
  • настоящий, вещественный, обеспеченный, состоятельный, солидный, важный, значительный, прочный, зажиточный, действительный, реальный, материальный, крепкий, существенныйRussian
  • கணிசமானTamil
  • کافیUrdu
  • trọng yếuVietnamese

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