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.


  1. substantial

    Stanley Robinson, known as Substantial, is a hip hop recording artist from Prince George's County, Maryland. He now operates out of Virginia.His videos have appeared on MTV, BET and VH1, while his music has made it to the second round of Grammy voting in three categories. The car company Bentley reached out to have Substantial’s supergroup, FANOMM (with Chew Fu & J-Cast) to create a song for them and perform in China at their car show. Substantial is also known for being a close collaborator of Nujabes, the Japanese producer who died in 2010.


  1. substantial

    Substantial is an adjective that generally refers to something of considerable importance, size, worth, or value. It can also mean strong in foundation, influence, or structure. It is often used to describe something that is solid, real, or tangible rather than imaginary or theoretical. This term is frequently used in various contexts such as law, philosophy, and everyday language.

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. John Kilduff:

    The report is mixed in that it is bearish for crude oil, but somewhat supportive of refined products, crude oil imports rebounded markedly and refinery utilization fell again, allowing for the substantial crude oil inventory rise.

  2. Robert Smith:

    New data also show very clearly that a substantial fraction of adults are not willing to undergo colonoscopy and thus recommendations to get a colonoscopy in this group will go unheeded, the data also show that many of these adults will accept stool testing, and thus achieving high rates of colorectal cancer screening in the practice setting requires providing at least the option for colonoscopy or, ideally, a high sensitivity FIT.

  3. Kingsley Chow:

    I am following the majority action. This is a significantly essential issue as you have promised substantial and persistent dividend-paying, but you fail to do that, our first demand, at least, you have to open EGM to explain to us face-to-face, not just an apology letter!.

  4. Robert Dial:

    True two-way flows are not very substantial and these are price discovery marks. If the market firms back up in January with real money buyers, we would expect to see improving price levels based on their support.

  5. Leonardo Trasande:

    Research on acetaminophen shows this is an emerging field of concern, i'm always going to say that further research is needed to understand the mechanisms and to control for other exposures. But the fact is there is substantial evidence to suggest that at the very least, this is a hazard for the fetus.

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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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    a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another
    A deterioration
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