What does substitution mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. substitution, permutation, transposition, replacement, switchnoun

    an event in which one thing is substituted for another

    "the replacement of lost blood by a transfusion of donor blood"

  2. substitution, exchange, commutationnoun

    the act of putting one thing or person in the place of another: "he sent Smith in for Jones but the substitution came too late to help"


  1. substitutionnoun

    the act of substituting or the state of being substituted

  2. substitutionnoun

    a substitute or replacement

  3. substitutionnoun

    (especially in organic chemistry) the replacement of an atom, or group of atoms, in a compound, with another

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Substitutionnoun

    The act of placing any person or thing in the room of another; the state of being placed in the room of another.

    Etymology: substitution, Fr. from substitute.

    He did believe
    He was the duke, from substitution,
    And executing th’ outward face of royalty,
    With all prerogative. William Shakespeare, Tempest.

    Nor sal, sulphur, or mercury can be separated from any perfect metals; for every part, so separated, may easily be reduced into perfect metal without substitution of that which chymists imagine to be wanting. Francis Bacon, Phys. Rem.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Substitutionnoun

    the act of substituting or putting one person or thing in the place of another; as, the substitution of an agent, attorney, or representative to act for one in his absense; the substitution of bank notes for gold and silver as a circulating medium

  2. Substitutionnoun

    the state of being substituted for another

  3. Substitutionnoun

    the office or authority of one acting for another; delegated authority

  4. Substitutionnoun

    the designation of a person in a will to take a devise or legacy, either on failure of a former devisee or legatee by incapacity or unwillingness to accept, or after him

  5. Substitutionnoun

    the doctrine that Christ suffered vicariously, being substituted for the sinner, and that his sufferings were expiatory

  6. Substitutionnoun

    the act or process of substituting an atom or radical for another atom or radical; metethesis; also, the state of being so substituted. See Metathesis

  7. Etymology: [L. substitutio: cf. F. substitution.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Substitution

    in theology the doctrine that Christ in His obedience and death stood in the place of the sinner, so that His merits on their faith in Him are imputed to them.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of substitution in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of substitution in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of substitution in a Sentence

  1. George Bernard Shaw:

    Democracy: The substitution of election by the incompetent many for appointment by the corrupt few.

  2. Peter Drucker:

    Management means, in the last analysis, the substitution of thought for brawn and muscle, of knowledge for folkways and superstition, and of cooperation for force. It means the substitution of responsibility for obedience to rank, and of authority of performance for the authority of rank. Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.

  3. Thomas Brueck:

    To substitute 100 percent of the kerosene use today, we will not do it with algae alone. We need a combination of different technologies to actually enable that substitution.

  4. Charles Schwab Corp:

    There is no substitution for brand and scale.

  5. Sharima Rasanayagam:

    This is a classic case of 'regrettable substitution' in which the replacement chemical is as toxic as the chemical it was replacing, the lack of transparency regarding the identity and safety of the chemicals used as BPA replacements makes it very difficult to assess the overall safety of the alternative.

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  • Substituierung, Substitution, ErsatzGerman
  • υποκατάστασηGreek
  • جایگزینیPersian
  • substituutio, tuuraus, sijaisuus, korvautuminen, korvaaminenFinnish
  • remplacement, réaction de substitutionFrench
  • malartaíochtIrish
  • sostituzioneItalian
  • 代入, 置換Japanese
  • penggantian, substitusi, penukargantianMalay
  • замена, подстановкаRussian

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    a deceitful and unreliable scoundrel
    • A. vehicle
    • B. rogue
    • C. relocation
    • D. temptation

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