- 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
Synonyms for substance
Related Words for substanceitem, material, texture, object, stuff, strength, meat, effect, amount, significance, subject, body, core, individual, phenomenon, matter, being, hunk, reality, bulk
Examples from the Web for substance
Contemporary Examples of substance
Scalise spoke briefly, adding little of substance, saying that the people back home know him best.The Price of Steve Scalise’s Silence
January 7, 2015
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
December 16, 2014
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.Staving Off a Democratic Civil War
December 2, 2014
Historical Examples of substance
Substance of one of Lovelace's letters, of her answer, and of his reply.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
To all appearance, the rock was as firmly fastened as any other portion of the earth's substance.Tanglewood Tales
You have the wisdom that grasps the substance and lets the shadows flit.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
The substance of a lady's letter, it has been said, always is comprised in the postscript.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
Till when, I will give you the substance of what I wrote him yesterday.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
- 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
Word Origin for substance
c.1300, "essential nature," from Old French substance (12c.), from Latin substantia "being, essence, material," from substans, present participle of substare "stand firm, be under or present," from sub "up to, under" + stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). A loan-translation of Greek hypostasis. Meaning "any kind of corporeal matter" is first attested mid-14c. Sense of "the matter of a study, discourse, etc." first recorded late 14c.
see in substance; sum and substance.