Definitions of substantive

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

Quotes of substantive

  1. I love to utilize my celebrity status in a responsible and constructive and substantive manner. I like to get my hands dirty rather than a photo op. – William Baldwin
  2. There's always a great deal of business to be transacted in one's office. There are always visitors it seems to me, an unending stream of them, who come with letters of recommendation, or come actually on substantive business. – David Bruce
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. We need to work together, on a bipartisan basis, to create new jobs, increase job training, enact real and substantive middle class tax relief, and reward companies that create jobs at home. – Ruben Hinojosa
  6. The right of the people to a substantive part in the government of the Church is recognized and sanctioned by the apostles in almost every conceivable way. – Charles Hodge
  7. There can, therefore, be no doubt that Presbyterians do carry out the principle that Church power vests in the Church itself, and that the people have a right to a substantive part in its discipline and government. – Charles Hodge
  8. This same habitual blindness to spiritual, substantive dimensions of every significant challenge continues to handicap Hollywood. – Michael Medved
  9. I'm not just a politician, I'm a guy who has a real deep, substantive commitment to education. – Roy Romer
  10. 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
  11. It is time... to end the long -standing and unproductive methodological debate over 'originalism' versus 'dynamism' or 'evolution' and focus instead on how, as a substantive matter, we should interpret the Constitution in the twenty -first century, and what it has to say on questions unimaginable to our eighteenth -century Framers. – Diane Wood

Usage examples for substantive

  1. Few words are more elastic and adaptable than the verb substantive – Messages from the Epistle to the Hebrews by Handley C.G. Moule
  2. “ 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
  3. Have I positive and substantive proof of what I assert? ” – Memoirs of Napoleon Bonaparte, v7 by Louis Antoine Fauvelet de Bourrienne
  4. 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)
  5. Sir Ashley Eden, the Lieutenant- Governor, offered me a substantive Commissionership. ” – The Origin of Finger-Printing by William J. Herschel
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. “ 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
  9. “ A Noun Substantive common. ” – The Grammar of English Grammars by Goold Brown
  10. “ A substantive used with the gerund should always be in the possessive case. ” – Practical Grammar and Composition by Thomas Wood
  11. 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
  12. Therefore the Divine Verb reproduces the Divine Substantive by a natural sequence. ” – The Law and the Word by Thomas Troward
  13. “ 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. They have formed a separate substantive division of Kelts. ” – The Ethnology of the British Islands by Robert Gordon Latham
  19. “ To be followed by a substantive never by a substantive and a verb. ” – The Century Handbook of Writing by Garland Greever Easley S. Jones
  20. “ Itthattam is a substantive formed from ittham thus. ” – Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3) An Historical Sketch by Charles Eliot