Betokening or expressing existence; as, the substantive verb, that is, the verb to be.
Depending on itself; independent.
Enduring; solid; firm; substantial.
Pertaining to, or constituting, the essential part or principles; as, the law substantive.
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.
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
Substantive and procedural law benefits and protects landlords over tenants, creditors over debtors, lenders over borrowers, and the poor are seldom among the favored parties. John Turner
Most of the time, you find that the smaller the budget, the more the project is about something substantive. Robert Carlyle
To argue about justice is unavoidably to argue about virtues, about substantive moral and even spiritual questions. Michael Sandel