View synonyms for substitutive


[ suhb-sti-too-tiv, -tyoo- ]


  1. serving as or capable of serving as a substitute.
  2. pertaining to or involving substitution.

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Other Words From

  • substi·tutive·ly adverb
  • non·substi·tutive adjective
  • un·substi·tutive adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of substitutive1

First recorded in 1590–1600; substitute + -ive

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Example Sentences

The substitutive measures here again are the only wise and effective ones.

Mathematical symbols146 have, then, become substitutive signs.


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More About Substitutive

What does substitutive mean?

Substitutive is an adjective that describes a thing capable of taking the place of or that has taken the place of another.

It can also be used to describe anything that involves such a substitution.

Substitutive is an adjective form of the word substitute, which can be used as both a verb (to replace something with another thing) or as a noun (something that replaces something else).

The similar adjective substitutable can mean capable of being used as a substitute, but it probably more often means capable of being replaced. The adjective substituent can mean the same thing as substituted or substitutable.

Example: These safety measures are not meant to be substitutive—they’re being implemented in addition to the current plan.

Where does substitutive come from?

The first records of the word substitutive come from right around 1600. Its base word, substitute, ultimately comes from the Latin substitūtus, from the verb substituere, meaning “to put in place of.”

Substitutive can be used in a variety of contexts, but it’s not nearly as commonly used as the words substitute or substitution. When it is used, it’s often contrasted with things that are being added or taken away, as opposed to being replaced (substituted). Sometimes, substitutive is used to describe a thing that is already acting as a substitute. Other times, it’s meant to indicate that something is capable of acting as a substitute—not necessarily that it will be used as one.

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What are some other forms related to substitutive?

  • substitute (verb)
  • substitutively (adverb)
  • nonsubstitutive (adjective)
  • unsubstitutive (adjective)

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How is substitutive used in real life?

Substitutive can be used in many different contexts, but it’s fairly uncommon.



Try using substitutive!

Which of the following terms is substitutive LEAST likely to be used in reference to?

A. fill-in
B. stand-in
C. alternate
D. original

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