- 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 substantiality
Like the other Jewish philosophers he defends its substantiality.
The place breathes of substantiality, democracy, and good nature.Abroad at Home
It would be more exact to call it the conception of substantiality.
In the same way the intelligible substances, Intelligence and Soul, have their substantiality in common, and they differ in form.
All these difficulties, however, tell against the substantiality of ghosts; and in favor of this second theory of haunted houses.True Ghost Stories
- 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 substantiality
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.