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[suhb-sti-too-tiv, -tyoo-]
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  1. serving as or capable of serving as a substitute.
  2. pertaining to or involving substitution.
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Origin of substitutive

First recorded in 1590–1600; substitute + -ive
Related formssub·sti·tu·tive·ly, adverbnon·sub·sti·tu·tive, adjectiveun·sub·sti·tu·tive, adjective
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Related Words for substitutive

dummy, stopgap, temporary, ersatz, surrogate, imitation, alternate, pseudo, second, counterfeit, makeshift, acting, near, simulated, representative, sham, reserve, backup, proxy, mock

Examples from the Web for substitutive

Historical Examples of substitutive

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

    Training the Teacher

    A. F. Schauffler

British Dictionary definitions for substitutive


  1. acting or able to act as a substitute
  2. of or involving substitution
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Derived Formssubstitutively, adverb
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