[ suhb-stuh n-tiv ]
/ ˈsʌb stən tɪv /

noun Grammar.

a noun.
a pronoun or other word or phrase functioning or inflected like a noun.


Origin of substantive

1350–1400; Middle English < Late Latin substantīvus, equivalent to Latin substant(ia) substance + -īvus -ive

OTHER WORDS FROM substantive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for non-substantive

/ (ˈsʌbstəntɪv) /


grammar a noun or pronoun used in place of a noun


Abbreviation: s, sb, subst

Derived forms of substantive

substantival (ˌsʌbstənˈtaɪvəl), adjectivesubstantivally, adverbsubstantively, adverbsubstantiveness, noun

Word Origin for substantive

C15: from Late Latin substantīvus, from Latin substāre to stand beneath; see substance
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