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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.
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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