- pertaining to substantives.
- used in a sentence like a noun: a substantive adjective.
- expressing existence: “to be” is a substantive verb.
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The comments by Goodell at his annual state-of-the-league news conference during Super Bowl week were the league’s first substantive remarks in months on the investigation and ownership dispute.Beth Wilkinson close to completing Washington Football Team investigation, Roger Goodell says|Mark Maske|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
So they get the equivalent of $24 for a single person and $48 for a family, which is a very substantive donation that the family themselves can decide to use for what they need the most.Ethiopia’s unfolding humanitarian crisis, explained by a top aid official|Jen Kirby|December 3, 2020|Vox
In this week’s Environment Report, MacKenzie Elmer breaks down the vote, highlighting substantive objections to the plan and some last-minute concerns that women board members didn’t get a chance to speak during the meeting.Morning Report: Local GOP Split on the Way Forward|Voice of San Diego|November 24, 2020|Voice of San Diego
These are just some of the issues that might have come up in a truly substantive conversation around health care.Last night’s debate ignored some critical health care issues|Sy Mukherjee|October 8, 2020|Fortune
Kuperberg and Scott Aaronson, a quantum computing expert at the University of Texas at Austin, said IonQ appeared to have made substantive quantum computing progress.Startup IonQ drastically ups the quantum computing ante|rhhackettfortune|October 1, 2020|Fortune
These are reactive, not proactive, stances, and they do little to offer substantive solutions.
They still just distract us from generally more substantive topics in need of our attention.#FixTheInternet: The Hashtag That Beat Back Kim Kardashian’s Butt|Emily Shire|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Those who feel moved to add a more substantive reason will say, “Oh yes, and the economy.”
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|DAILY BEAST
Which is more substantive: chained CPI, or criminal justice reform?
It is always to be remembered that retrospective legislation is bad in principle only when it affects the substantive law.The History of England from the Accession of James II.|Thomas Babington Macaulay
Once more there is no definition of the term able-bodied, which is used sometimes as an adjective and sometimes as a substantive.English Poor Law Policy|Sidney Webb
The word cynocephalus is rather an adjective than a proper substantive, for which reason we have not adopted it.Buffon's Natural History. Volume IX (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
Pimmaudizziwin, is a very general substantive expression, in indicating the tenor of being or life.
To give these expressions a verbal form, the substantive verb, with its pronominal modifications, must be superadded.