[ suhb-sti-too-tiv, -tyoo- ]
/ ˈsʌb stɪˌtu tɪv, -ˌtyu- /


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

Origin of substitutive

First recorded in 1590–1600; substitute + -ive

Related forms

sub·sti·tu·tive·ly, adverbnon·sub·sti·tu·tive, adjectiveun·sub·sti·tu·tive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for substitutive

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

    Training the Teacher|A. F. Schauffler

British Dictionary definitions for substitutive


/ (ˈsʌbstɪˌtjuːtɪv) /


acting or able to act as a substitute
of or involving substitution

Derived Forms

substitutively, adverb
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