Origin of substantiate
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1. prove, confirm, verify, validate.
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- to establish as valid or genuine
- to give form or real existence to
C17: from New Latin substantiāre, from Latin substantia substance
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Word Origin and History for substantiative
1650s, "to make real, to give substance to," from Modern Latin substantiatus, past participle of substantiare, from Latin substantia (see substance). Meaning "to demonstrate or prove" is attested from 1803. Related: Substantiated; substantiating.
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