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. Jeb Bush:

    We had a substantive debate.

  2. Donald Trump:

    We had a very substantive, direct and constructive exchange of ideas.

  3. David Vitter:

    I think broadly speaking, there are real substantive, legitimate questions.

  4. Alexander Karabanov:

    The prosecutor asked for more time so that he can prepare and give a substantive response.

  5. Ron Wyden:

    This administration never had one substantive conversation with me about health care reform.

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