- 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.
Words nearby substance
Idioms for substance
- concerning the essentials; substantially.
- actually; really: That is in substance how it appeared to me.
Origin of substance
OTHER WORDS FROM substancesub·stance·less, adjective
synonym study for substance
British Dictionary definitions for in substance
- 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
Derived forms of substancesubstanceless, adjective
Word Origin for substance
Medical definitions for in substance
Idioms and Phrases with in substance (1 of 2)
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]
Idioms and Phrases with in substance (2 of 2)
see in substance; sum and substance.