What does substantial mean?

Definitions for substantial
səbˈstæn ʃəlsub·stan·tial

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

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. The Trump administration official:

    When the president says that he will not make the mistakes of the past, that means the U.S. will not be making substantial concessions, such as lifting sanctions, until North Korea has substantially dismantled its nuclear programs.

  2. Rachel Kyte:

    There are quite substantial amounts of money on the table, but that money has to be translated into kilowatt hours and (more) people connected really quite quickly.

  3. Attorney Kim Watterson:

    There is more than a substantial record that this judge acted as prosecutor, advocate, cross-examined witnesses, and made herself a fact witness.

  4. Eddie Cross:

    The changes in the tobacco industry in the past 15 years have had a serious and substantial impact on food security in the country.

  5. Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurray:

    There is substantial evidence that the construction of the proposed pipeline will not constitute a public convenience and necessity.

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Translations for substantial

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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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