substance

[ suhb-stuhns ]
/ ˈsʌb stəns /
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noun


Nearby words

  1. subspecific,
  2. subspinale,
  3. subspontaneous,
  4. subst.,
  5. substage,
  6. substance abuse,
  7. substance abuse disorder,
  8. substance p,
  9. substandard,
  10. substantia

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)

SYNONYMS FOR substance
Related formssub·stance·less, adjective

Synonym study

1. See matter.

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British Dictionary definitions for substanceless

substance

/ (ˈsʌbstəns) /

noun

Derived Formssubstanceless, adjective

Word Origin for substance

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

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Word Origin and History for substanceless

substance

n.

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.

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Medicine definitions for substanceless

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 substanceless

substance

see in substance; sum and substance.

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