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Definition of Substantive

Substantive

  1. Betokening or expressing existence; as, the substantive verb, that is, the verb to be.
  2. Depending on itself; independent.
  3. Enduring; solid; firm; substantial.
  4. Pertaining to, or constituting, the essential part or principles; as, the law substantive.
  5. 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.
  6. To substantivize.

Substantive Quotations

Republicans and Democrats have used accounting gimmicks and competing government analyses to deceive the public into believing that 2 + 2 = 6. If our leaders cannot agree on the numbers, if 'facts' are fictional, how can they possibly have a substantive debate on solutions?
J. C. Watts

To somebody like Obama, substantive opposition is not tolerable. The objective is to eliminate all opposition - be it a political party, be it media, or what have you.
Rush Limbaugh

One of your tasks is to separate the 'personal' from the 'substantive.' The two can become confused, especially if someone rubs the President wrong.
Donald Rumsfeld

I will focus on being substantive and I will focus on Barack Obama.
Newt Gingrich

Most of the time, you find that the smaller the budget, the more the project is about something substantive.
Robert Carlyle
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Substantive Translations

substantive in Dutch is substantief, zelfstandig naamwoord
substantive in Portuguese is substantivo
substantive in Spanish is substantivo
substantive in Swedish is substantiv

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