substance

[ suhb-stuhns ]
/ ˈsʌb stəns /

noun

Idioms

    in substance,
    1. concerning the essentials; substantially.
    2. actually; really: That is in substance how it appeared to me.

Origin of substance

1250–1300; Middle English < Latin substantia substance, essence (literally, that which stands under, i.e., underlies), equivalent to sub- sub- + -stant- (stem of stāns, present participle of stāre to stand) + -ia -ia (see -ance)

Related forms

sub·stance·less, adjective

Synonym study

1. See matter.
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British Dictionary definitions for substance

substance

/ (ˈsʌbstəns) /

noun

Derived Forms

substanceless, adjective

Word Origin for substance

C13: via Old French from Latin substantia, from substāre, from sub- + stāre to stand
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Medicine definitions for substance

substance

[ sŭbstəns ]

n.

That which has mass and occupies space; matter.
A material of a particular kind or constitution.
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Idioms and Phrases with substance

substance


see in substance; sum and substance.

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