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substantive

[ suhb-stuhn-tiv ]
/ ˈsʌb stən tɪv /
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noun Grammar.

a noun.
a pronoun or other word or phrase functioning or inflected like a noun.

adjective

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Origin of substantive

1350–1400; Middle English <Late Latin substantīvus, equivalent to Latin substant(ia) substance + -īvus-ive

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British Dictionary definitions for substantive

substantive
/ (ˈsʌbstəntɪv) /

noun

grammar a noun or pronoun used in place of a noun

adjective

Abbreviation: s, sb, subst

Derived forms of substantive

substantival (ˌsʌbstənˈtaɪvəl), adjectivesubstantivally, adverbsubstantively, adverbsubstantiveness, noun

Word Origin for substantive

C15: from Late Latin substantīvus, from Latin substāre to stand beneath; see substance
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