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Definition of Substance


  1. That which underlies all outward manifestations; substratum; the permanent subject or cause of phenomena, whether material or spiritual; that in which properties inhere; that which is real, in distinction from that which is apparent; the abiding part of any existence, in distinction from any accident; that which constitutes anything what it is; real or existing essence.
  2. The most important element in any existence; the characteristic and essential components of anything; the main part; essential import; purport.
  3. Body; matter; material of which a thing is made; hence, substantiality; solidity; firmness; as, the substance of which a garment is made; some textile fabrics have little substance.
  4. Material possessions; estate; property; resources.
  5. Same as Hypostasis, 2.
  6. To furnish or endow with substance; to supply property to; to make rich.

Substance Quotations

Addiction isn't about substance - you aren't addicted to the substance, you are addicted to the alteration of mood that the substance brings.
Susan Cheever

All, all is theft, all is unceasing and rigorous competition in nature; the desire to make off with the substance of others is the foremost - the most legitimate - passion nature has bred into us and, without doubt, the most agreeable one.
Marquis de Sade

And you have to remember that I came to America as an immigrant. You know, on a ship, through the Statue of Liberty. And I saw that skyline, not just as a representation of steel and concrete and glass, but as really the substance of the American Dream.
Daniel Libeskind

We must look for ways to be an active force in our own lives. We must take charge of our own destinies, design a life of substance and truly begin to live our dreams.
Les Brown

We speak of virtue, honour, reason; but our thought does not translate any one of these concepts into a substance.
Wilhelm Wundt
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Substance Translations

substance in Danish is stof
substance in Dutch is spul, stof, goedje, substantie
substance in French is substance
substance in German is Wesentliches
substance in Italian is sostanza
substance in Latin is materia, substantia
substance in Spanish is substancia, sustancia
substance in Swedish is huvudsak
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