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Pronunciation:  'substuntiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a noun or a pronoun that is used in place of a noun
  2. [adj]  (law) applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; "substantive law"
  3. [adj]  being the essence or essential element of a thing; "substantial equivalents"; "substantive information"
  4. [adj]  having substance and prompting thought; "a meaty discussion"

SUBSTANTIVE is a 11 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: essential, in essence, meaningful, meaty, substantial
 Antonyms: adjective, procedural
 See Also: noun, word



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Sub"stan*tive\, a. [L. substantivus: cf. F.
    1. Betokening or expressing existence; as, the substantive
       verb, that is, the verb to be.
    2. Depending on itself; independent.
             He considered how sufficient and substantive this
             land was to maintain itself without any aid of the
             foreigner.                            --Bacon.
    3. Enduring; solid; firm; substantial.
             Strength and magnitude are qualities which impress
             the imagination in a powerful and substantive
             manner.                               --Hazlitt.
    4. Pertaining to, or constituting, the essential part or
       principles; as, the law substantive.
    {Noun substantive} (Gram.), a noun which designates an
       object, material or immaterial; a substantive.
    {Substantive color}, one which communicates its color without
       the aid of a mordant or base; -- opposed to adjective
  2. \Sub"stan*tive\, n. [Cf. F. substantif.] (Gram.)
    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.
  3. \Sub"stan*tive\, v. t.
    To substantivize. [R.] --Cudworth.