- 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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How to use substantive in a sentence
Therefore, for Dems, it’s imperative they win both Georgia Senate seats to have a fighting chance of passing substantive legislation in a timely manner, if at all.
Critics are advised not to be so snobby or to take solace in the assumption that these books will eventually lead readers to more substantive works.Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Archer’ aims for profundity but misses|Ron Charles|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
Algorithms that determine which users get to see what content are mysterious to just about everyone, which is why a few of the more substantive questions during yesterday’s hearing were in regards to transparency.This clip is all you need to know about the latest Congressional hearing on social media|Stan Horaczek|October 30, 2020|Popular Science
His made a more substantive amendment to the House bill banning the acquisition of certain surplus military equipment.Ban on chokeholds, no-knock warrants among bills Northam signed into law|Laura Vozzella|October 28, 2020|Washington Post
His goal will be to keep the hearing focused on substantive policy issues as lawmakers weigh changes to Section 230, or a complete revocation.Facebook, Google, Twitter CEOs clash with Congress in pre-election showdown|Tony Romm, Rachel Lerman, Cat Zakrzewski, Heather Kelly, Elizabeth Dwoskin|October 28, 2020|Washington Post
Instead of substantively responding to these failed expectations, the ACE takes a spin-cycle approach.Colleges Lawyer Up Before Claire McCaskill Rape Inquiry|Emily Shire|June 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Instead, busing was a failure—conceptually and substantively—because of faulty liberal assumptions.
Substantively, as opposed to stylistically, there was no New Left.The Revolt Against the Masses and the Roots of Modern Liberalism|Fred Siegel|January 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Substantively, I think he pretty well signaled that the Justice Department isn't going to take up this case.
"All the denials can be literally technically true without anything in the story being substantively false," he told me.Internet Companies Deny They're Helping the NSA Collect User Data. Should We Believe Them?|Megan McArdle|June 7, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He would have been ugly, he substantively granted, had he not been happy; he would have been dangerous had he not been warranted.The Awkward Age|Henry James
I have myself used this word substantively, to express the rippled edge of a wing-feather.Arrows of the Chace, v. 2|John Ruskin
Cardinal numerals, used substantively, are also followed by the genitive: zweinzec starker man, twenty strong men.A Middle High German Primer|Joseph Wright
Stillness; the adjective used substantively, for the sake of the rhyme.The Lady of the Lake|Sir Walter Scott
Fleury differs a little from this legend, but has substantively preserved it.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 9 (of 10)|Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)