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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

The real difference between the United States and other nations lies not in the words of the preamble to the Constitution, but in the fact that the substantive clauses of that Constitution are enforced by individuals independent of and not beholden to the elected branches.
Harold H. Greene

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

It is part of the work of education to have substantive relationships with your students.
Freeman A. Hrabowski III

I've encountered a lot of people who sound like critics but very few who have substantive criticisms. There is a lot of skepticism, but it seems to be more a matter of inertia than it is of people having some real reason for thinking something else.
K. Eric Drexler
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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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