- of ample or considerable amount, quantity, size, etc.: a substantial sum of money.
- of a corporeal or material nature; tangible; real.
- of solid character or quality; firm, stout, or strong: a substantial physique.
- basic or essential; fundamental: two stories in substantial agreement.
- wealthy or influential: one of the substantial men of the town.
- of real worth, value, or effect: substantial reasons.
- relating to the substance, matter, or material of a thing.
- of or relating to the essence of a thing: the substantial parts of the ruling.
- existing as or being a substance; having independent existence: a substantial being.
- Philosophy. relating to or of the nature of substance or reality rather than an accident or attribute.
- something substantial.
Origin of substantial
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Examples from the Web for substantial
Judging from current figures, there would be a substantial demand for this option, too.Men Will Someday Have Kids Without Women
January 3, 2015
Justin Bieber with a party boy reputation and a substantial body of sexts available for Googling.‘Jane the Virgin’ Is The CW’s Best Show Ever
October 28, 2014
Prior to the Syrian civil war, the country had a substantial air defense network—mostly consisting of older Soviet-built systems.First U.S. Stealth Jet Attack on Syria Cost More Than Indian Mission to Mars
September 24, 2014
The impact, even among cities with unconfirmed cases, is substantial.Midwest's 'Mystery Virus' Is Scary but Not Deadly
September 8, 2014
Consumers have been schooled to be wary of companies that offer them valuable products for free along with substantial rebates.Panel Discussion
The Daily Beast
September 8, 2014
He went back to his hotel, and feeling hungry, made a substantial meal.Brave and Bold
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.A Woman Intervenes
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
- 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
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.