- 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
Related formssub·stance·less, adjective
Examples from the Web for substance
Scalise spoke briefly, adding little of substance, saying that the people back home know him best.
Those with a slightly sleazier bent have dredged up reports of his weight gain, substance abuse, and arrest.D’Angelo’s ‘Black Messiah’ Was Worth Waiting 15 Years For|James Joiner|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Things got even more serious when Cosby moved on to the subject of substance abuse and children.
Substance abuse was already an issue Cosby had grown particularly passionate about.
True, a solid majority backs the Democratic position on the substance.
The acetylene prepared from this substance has a very characteristic odor due to impurities, the chief of these being phosphine.An Elementary Study of Chemistry|William McPherson
The law of substance condemns all restrictions, hates all fetters, and considers exclusiveness a crime against its divinity.Woman and Socialism|August Bebel
We know that just in proportion to the loss of this substance are our vigor and strength taken from us.The American Reformed Cattle Doctor|George Dadd
Not content with that great injury, you must also deprive me of my substance.A Life's Secret|Mrs. Henry Wood
The specific gravity of water is taken as unity, and that of any other substance is expressed as a decimal.The Library of Work and Play: Mechanics, Indoors and Out|Fred T. Hodgson
British Dictionary definitions for 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 Formssubstanceless, adjective
Word Origin for substance
Medicine definitions for substance
Idioms and Phrases with substance
see in substance; sum and substance.