something substantial.

Origin of substantial

1300–50; Middle English substancial < Late Latin substantiālis, equivalent to Latin substanti(a) substance + -ālis -al1
Related formssub·stan·ti·al·i·ty, sub·stan·tial·ness, nounsub·stan·tial·ly, adverbnon·sub·stan·tial, adjectivenon·sub·stan·tial·ly, adverbnon·sub·stan·tial·ness, nounnon·sub·stan·ti·al·i·ty, nounpre·sub·stan·tial, adjectivesu·per·sub·stan·tial, adjectivesu·per·sub·stan·tial·ly, adverb

Synonyms for substantial

Antonyms for substantial Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for substantial

Contemporary Examples of substantial

Historical Examples of substantial

  • He went back to his hotel, and feeling hungry, made a substantial meal.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • A tooth-mug of substantial earthenware dropped to the floor with a crash.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • It is necessary to have one member of the firm solid and substantial.

  • Still, there was a substantial appearance of comfort and wealth about it.

  • The only substantial food at table was a great dish of game.

    Vivian Grey

    Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli

British Dictionary definitions for substantial



of a considerable size or valuesubstantial funds
worthwhile; importanta substantial reform
having wealth or importance
(of food or a meal) sufficient and nourishing
solid or strong in construction, quality, or charactera substantial door
real; actual; truethe evidence is substantial
of or relating to the basic or fundamental substance or aspects of a thing
philosophy of or relating to substance rather than to attributes, accidents, or modifications
Derived Formssubstantiality (səbˌstænʃɪˈælɪtɪ) or substantialness, nounsubstantially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for substantial

mid-14c., "ample, sizeable," from Old French substantiel (13c.), from Latin substantialis "having substance or reality, material," from substantia (see substance). Meaning "existing, having real existence" is from late 14c.

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