- a noun.
- a pronoun or other word or phrase functioning or inflected like a noun.
- pertaining to substantives.
- used in a sentence like a noun: a substantive adjective.
- expressing existence: “to be” is a substantive verb.
- having independent existence; independent.
- belonging to the real nature or essential part of a thing; essential.
- real or actual.
- of considerable amount or quantity.
- possessing substance; having practical importance, value, or effect: substantive issues under discussion.
- Law. pertaining to the rules of right which courts are called on to apply, as distinguished from rules of procedure (opposed to adjective).
- (of dye colors) attaching directly to the material without the aid of a mordant (opposed to adjective).
Origin of substantive
Related Words for substantivenoun
Examples from the Web for substantive
Contemporary Examples of substantive
This, and only this, is the key to driving real, substantive change in America.Why ‘Moral Mondays’ Matter: Fulfulling the Jesse Jackson-Rainbow Coalition Legacy
Roland S. Martin
July 28, 2014
Western leaders wrung their hands but took no substantive action.ISIS Is About to Destroy Biblical History in Iraq
July 7, 2014
Greer never recounts Crist actually governing or even engaging in any kind of substantive policy battles.The Messy, Sordid Story of Jim Greer, Charlie Crist’s Man to a Fault
June 29, 2014
The rancor between de Blasio and Moskowitz has at least some roots in substantive education policy disagreements.Why Is Progressive Hero Bill de Blasio Throwing Charter Schools Out of New York City?
Conor P. Williams
March 4, 2014
In that time, we have had no substantive policy change, no sustained national movement, no turning of the page.Gun Crazy: No More 'Thoughts and Prayers'
September 29, 2013
Historical Examples of substantive
It is not the adjective, but the substantive, which is of real importance.
I trusted that some day it would prove to be a substantive religion.Apologia Pro Vita Sua
John Henry Cardinal Newman
The use of this adjective as a substantive is said to be an Americanism.The Verbalist
Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
Have we not the substantive trash in the sense of shreddings, at p. 542.
It is one of the substantive colours and does not need any mordant.Vegetable Dyes
Ethel M. Mairet
- grammar a noun or pronoun used in place of a noun
- of, relating to, containing, or being the essential element of a thing
- having independent function, resources, or existence
- of substantial quantity
- solid in foundation or basis
- grammar denoting, relating to, or standing in place of a noun
- (səbˈstæntɪv) relating to the essential legal principles administered by the courts, as opposed to practice and procedureCompare adjective (def. 3)
- (səbˈstæntɪv) (of a dye or colour) staining the material directly without use of a mordant
Word Origin for substantive
Word Origin and History for substantive
late 15c., "standing by itself," from Old French substantif, from Late Latin substantivum, neuter of Latin substantivus "of substance or being," from substantia (see substance). The grammatical term (late 14c.) was introduced by the French to denote the noun in contradistinction to the adjective, from Latin nomen substantivum "name or word of substance."