- pertaining to substantives.
- used in a sentence like a noun: a substantive adjective.
- expressing existence: “to be” is a substantive verb.
Origin of substantive
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."