- pertaining to substantives.
- used in a sentence like a noun: a substantive adjective.
- expressing existence: “to be” is a substantive verb.
Origin of substantive
Examples from the Web for 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|DAILY BEAST
Western leaders wrung their hands but took no substantive action.
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|Rick Wilson|June 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
In that time, we have had no substantive policy change, no sustained national movement, no turning of the page.
The substantive desiderium has the special meaning of desire for something one has once possessed but lost, hence regret or grief.
She was the substantive mood of the present tense of the verb to be.Edith and John|Franklin S. Farquhar
If it is used as an adjective, mention the substantive which it modifies.An Advanced English Grammar with Exercises|George Lyman Kittredge
There are many transferred applications of “hand,” both as a substantive and in various adverbial phrases.
It is original, substantive, distinct in itself, and susceptible of the plainest definition.