something substantial.

Nearby words

  1. substantia alba,
  2. substantia gelatinosa,
  3. substantia grisea,
  4. substantia medullaris,
  5. substantia nigra,
  6. substantialism,
  7. substantialize,
  8. substantially,
  9. substantiate,
  10. substantival

Origin of substantial

1300–50; Middle English substancial < Late Latin substantiālis, equivalent to Latin substanti(a) substance + -ālis -al1

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Examples from the Web for substantiality

British Dictionary definitions for substantiality



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 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.

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