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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 argue about justice is unavoidably to argue about virtues, about substantive moral and even spiritual questions.
Michael Sandel

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

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

I grew up around books. When I first held the book and it was a substantive, tangible thing, and I thought of all the work that went into it, not just my work but everybody else's and the research and so forth, there's a sense of really have done something worthwhile.
Paul Allen
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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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