- something that exists by itself and in which accidents or attributes inhere; that which receives modifications and is not itself a mode; something that is causally active; something that is more than an event.
- the essential part of a thing; essence.
- a thing considered as a continuing whole.
- concerning the essentials; substantially.
- actually; really: That is in substance how it appeared to me.
Origin of substance
Synonyms for substance
Related Words for in substanceroughly, virtually, approximately, practically, essentially, mostly, considerably, heavily, largely, extensively, materially, really, nearly, basically, most, about, closely, well-nigh, approaching, circa
- the supposed immaterial substratum that can receive modifications and in which attributes and accidents inhere
- a thing considered as a continuing whole that survives the changeability of its properties
Word Origin for substance
c.1300, "essential nature," from Old French substance (12c.), from Latin substantia "being, essence, material," from substans, present participle of substare "stand firm, be under or present," from sub "up to, under" + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). A loan-translation of Greek hypostasis. Meaning "any kind of corporeal matter" is first attested mid-14c. Sense of "the matter of a study, discourse, etc." first recorded late 14c.
In reality, essentially, as in The Archbishop of Salzburg was in substance a temporal authority as well. [Late 1300s]
In essence, basically, as in I don't remember all the details, but in substance this was the plan. [Late 1400s]
see in substance; sum and substance.