substance

[ suhb-stuhns ]
/ ˈsʌb stəns /

noun

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Idioms for substance

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

Origin of substance

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, from Latin substantia “substance, essence” (literally, “that which stands under, i.e., underlies”), equivalent to sub- “under, beneath” + -stant- (stem of stāns, present participle of stāre “to stand”) + -ia noun suffix; see sub-, stand, -ia; see also -ance

SYNONYMS FOR substance ON THESAURUS.COM

synonym study for substance

1. See matter.

OTHER WORDS FROM substance

sub·stance·less, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for substance

substance
/ (ˈsʌbstəns) /

noun

Derived forms of substance

substanceless, adjective

Word Origin for substance

C13: via Old French from Latin substantia, from substāre, from sub- + stāre to stand
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Medical 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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