substantive

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French substantif.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsʌbstəntɪv/, /səbˈstæntɪv/

Adjective[edit]

substantive ‎(comparative more substantive, superlative most substantive)

  1. 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[1]:
      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.
  2. 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.
  3. (law) Applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; as, "substantive law".
  4. (chemistry) Of a dye that does not need the use of a mordant to be made fast to that which is being dyed.
  5. 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.
  6. (grammar) used like a noun substantive
  7. (military) (describing a rank or appointment) actually and legally held, as distinct from an acting, temporary or honorary rank or appointment.

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Noun[edit]

substantive ‎(plural substantives)

  1. (grammar) A word that names a person, place, thing or idea; a noun (sensu stricto).

Alternative forms[edit]

  • subst. (abbreviation used in lexicography and grammar)

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French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

substantive

  1. feminine singular of substantif

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Etymology[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

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Sʌbstæntɪv

Noun[edit]

substantive

  1. noun

Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

substantīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of substantīvus

Romanian[edit]

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Noun[edit]

substantive

  1. plural of substantiv