- 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
Examples from the Web for substantively
Contemporary Examples of substantively
Instead of substantively responding to these failed expectations, the ACE takes a spin-cycle approach.Colleges Lawyer Up Before Claire McCaskill Rape Inquiry
June 6, 2014
Instead, busing was a failure—conceptually and substantively—because of faulty liberal assumptions.When America Said "No" to the War on Segregation
February 4, 2014
Substantively, as opposed to stylistically, there was no New Left.The Revolt Against the Masses and the Roots of Modern Liberalism
January 26, 2014
Substantively, I think he pretty well signaled that the Justice Department isn't going to take up this case.Obama's Race Remarks
July 19, 2013
Substantively, Tzohar has shown little interest in improving the lives of ordinary Israelis, much less Israeli women.Will Lapid And Bennett Free Israel's "Chained Women"?
Tova Hartman, Charlie Buckholtz
March 25, 2013
Historical Examples of substantively
In linking these adjectives, you will realize one of my infatuations wherever they are substantively found.Charles Auchester, Volume 1 of 2
Fleury differs a little from this legend, but has substantively preserved it.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 9 (of 10)
Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
The priests are generally the most crafty of men, and many among them are substantively wicked.The System of Nature, Volume 2
Paul Henri Thiery (Baron D'Holbach)
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
- 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
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."