Definitions of substantive

  1. ( law) applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; " substantive law"
  2. being the essence or essential element of a thing; " substantial equivalents"; " substantive information"
  3. having substance and prompting thought; " a meaty discussion"
  4. a noun or a pronoun that is used in place of a noun
  5. applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; " substantive law"
  6. Betokening or expressing existence; as, the substantive verb, that is, the verb to be.
  7. Depending on itself; independent.
  8. Enduring; solid; firm; substantial.
  9. Pertaining to, or constituting, the essential part or principles; as, the law substantive.
  10. 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.
  11. To substantivize.
  12. Expressing existence; as, the verb to be is the substantive verb; being used as a noun; as, a substantive phrase; essential or necessary; real; lasting.
  13. A noun, or a phrase, clause, etc., used as a noun.
  14. Expressing existence: real: of real, independent importance.
  16. The part of speech denoting something that exists: a noun.
  17. A noun.
  18. Expressing existence.
  19. Capable of being used as a noun; denoting existence; real.
  20. A noun, or something used as a noun.
  21. Expressing existence; independent.
  22. The name of something that exists, or is conceived to exist, either material or immaterial; a noun.
  23. Solid; real; essential.
  24. In gram., that part of speech which expresses something that exists, real or imaginary; a noun or name.

Usage examples for substantive

  1. The plural others is not used but when it is referred to a substantive preceding, as I have sent other horses. – A Grammar of the English Tongue by Samuel Johnson
  2. Have I positive and substantive proof of what I assert? – Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, v7 by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
  3. It may be said that every writer of force and originality traverses two phases of opinion before his substantive rank in the great order of merit is definitely fixed: he is either depressed or exalted unduly. – Studies in Literature and History by Sir Alfred Comyn Lyall
  4. A Noun Substantive common. – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  5. The power of creating a corporation, though appertaining to sovereignty, is not like the power of making war, or levying taxes, or of regulating commerce, a great substantive and independent power which cannot be implied as incidental to other powers, or used as a means of executing them. – Monopolies and the People by D. C. Cloud
  6. A language, as long as it is spoken by anybody, lives and has its substantive existence. – Lectures on The Science of Language by Max Müller
  7. Itthattam is a substantive formed from ittham thus. – Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3) An Historical Sketch by Charles Eliot
  8. It is an undoubted substantive proper, and takes a preposition before it, except when it is in the nominative case. – We Girls: A Home Story by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  9. I have not added, or omitted very many Words: Many indeed are varied; the Sense of the Substantive in the Latin, being often transferred to the Adjective in the English; and so on the Reverse: with a great Number of such like Instances, which it is needless to mention. – The Preface to the Aeneis of Virgil (1718) by Joseph Trapp
  10. A noun substantive went so far as to become an adjective in honour of the occasion. – Life's Little Ironies A set of tales with some colloquial sketches entitled A Few Crusted Characters by Thomas Hardy
  11. A substantive used with the gerund should always be in the possessive case. – Practical Grammar and Composition by Thomas Wood
  12. Sir Ashley Eden, the Lieutenant- Governor, offered me a substantive Commissionership. – The Origin of Finger-Printing by William J. Herschel
  13. Few words are more elastic and adaptable than the verb substantive – Messages from the Epistle to the Hebrews by Handley C.G. Moule
  14. Therefore the Divine Verb reproduces the Divine Substantive by a natural sequence. – The Law and the Word by Thomas Troward
  15. The question in every case is whether the words used are used in such circumstances and are of such a nature as to create a clear and present danger that they will bring about the substantive evils that Congress has a right to prevent. – The Debs Decision by Scott Nearing
  16. To be followed by a substantive never by a substantive and a verb. – The Century Handbook of Writing by Garland Greever Easley S. Jones
  17. The new- born child, so far as intelligent, knows neither definite objects nor a definite property of any object; but when, a little later on, he will hear an epithet being applied to a substantive he will immediately understand what it means. – Creative Evolution by Henri Bergson
  18. They have formed a separate substantive division of Kelts. – The Ethnology of the British Islands by Robert Gordon Latham
  19. Hence the tendency in these productions, and in medical lectures generally, to overstate the efficacy of favorite methods of cure, and hence the premium offered for showy talkers rather than sagacious observers, for the men of adjectives rather than of nouns substantive in the more ambitious of these institutions. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  20. The dialogue between Graunde Amour and Dame Grammar defies parody:- Madame, quod I, for as much as there be Eight partes of speche, I would knowe right faine, What a noune substantive is in his degree; And wherefore it is so called certaine? – Chaucer and His Times by Grace E. Hadow