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English Dictionary: substantive by the DICT Development Group
4 results for substantive
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
substantive
adj
  1. having a firm basis in reality and being therefore important, meaningful, or considerable; "substantial equivalents"
    Synonym(s): substantial, substantive
  2. defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established; "substantive law"
    Synonym(s): substantive, essential
    Antonym(s): adjective, procedural
  3. being on topic and prompting thought; "a meaty discussion"
    Synonym(s): meaty, substantive
n
  1. any word or group of words functioning as a noun
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Substantive \Sub"stan*tive\, n. [Cf. F. substantif.] (Gram.)
      A noun or name; the part of speech which designates something
      that exists, or some object of thought, either material or
      immaterial; as, the words man, horse, city, goodness,
      excellence, are substantives.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Substantive \Sub"stan*tive\, v. t.
      To substantivize. [R.] --Cudworth.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Substantive \Sub"stan*tive\, a. [L. substantivus: cf. F.
      substantif.]
      1. Betokening or expressing existence; as, the substantive
            verb, that is, the verb to be.
  
      2. Depending on itself; independent.
  
                     He considered how sufficient and substantive this
                     land was to maintain itself without any aid of the
                     foreigner.                                          --Bacon.
  
      3. Enduring; solid; firm; substantial.
  
                     Strength and magnitude are qualities which impress
                     the imagination in a powerful and substantive
                     manner.                                             --Hazlitt.
  
      4. Pertaining to, or constituting, the essential part or
            principles; as, the law substantive.
  
      {Noun substantive} (Gram.), a noun which designates an
            object, material or immaterial; a substantive.
  
      {Substantive color}, one which communicates its color without
            the aid of a mordant or base; -- opposed to adjective
            color.
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