[ suhb-stuh n-tiv ]
/ ˈsʌb stən tɪv /
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).
Words nearby substantive
Origin of substantive
OTHER WORDS FROM substantive
sub·stan·tive·ly, adverbsub·stan·tive·ness, nounnon·sub·stan·tive, adjectivenon·sub·stan·tive·ly, adverb
non·sub·stan·tive·ness, nounun·sub·stan·tive, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unsubstantive
/ (ˈsʌbstəntɪv) /
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
Abbreviation: s, sb, subst
Derived forms of substantivesubstantival (ˌsʌbstənˈtaɪvəl), adjectivesubstantivally, adverbsubstantively, adverbsubstantiveness, noun
Word Origin for substantive
C15: from Late Latin substantīvus, from Latin substāre to stand beneath; see substance
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