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- Of the essence or essential element of a thing; as, "substantive information".
2012 October 6, “The first presidential debate: Back in the centre, back in the game”, in The Economist:
- In one sense the first debate achieved the worst of all worlds: it managed to be technical, even dull, without being substantive or especially honest.
- Having substance; enduring; solid; firm; substantial.
(Can we date this quote?), Hazlitt, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
- Strength and magnitude are qualities which impress the imagination in a powerful and substantive manner.
- (law) Applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; as, "substantive law".
- (chemistry) Of a dye that does not need the use of a mordant to be made fast to that which is being dyed.
- Depending on itself; independent.
(Can we date this quote?), Francis Bacon, (Please provide the book title or journal name):
- He considered how sufficient and substantive this land was to maintain itself without any aid of the foreigner.
- (grammar) Used like a noun substantive.
- (military) (describing a rank or appointment) actually and legally held, as distinct from an acting, temporary or honorary rank or appointment.
of the essence or essential element of a thing
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substantive (plural substantives)
- subst. (abbreviation used in lexicography and grammar)
- noun (sensu lato)
noun — see noun
- plural of