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SUBSTANTIAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does substantial mean? 

SUBSTANTIAL (adjective)
  The adjective SUBSTANTIAL has 5 senses:

1. fairly large
2. having a firm basis in reality and being therefore important, meaningful, or considerable
3. having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary
4. providing abundant nourishment
5. of good quality and condition; solidly built

  Familiarity information: SUBSTANTIAL used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


SUBSTANTIAL (adjective)


Sense 1substantial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fairly large

Synonyms:

substantial; significant

Context example:

won by a substantial margin

Similar:

considerable (large or relatively large in number or amount or extent or degree)


Sense 2substantial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having a firm basis in reality and being therefore important, meaningful, or considerable

Synonyms:

substantive; substantial

Context example:

substantial equivalents

Similar:

essential (basic and fundamental)


Sense 3substantial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary

Synonyms:

substantial; material; real

Context examples:

the substantial world / a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical / most ponderous and substantial things

Also:

material (derived from or composed of matter)

Attribute:

solidness; substantiality; substantialness (the quality of being substantial or having substance)

Antonym:

insubstantial (lacking material form or substance; unreal)


Sense 4substantial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Providing abundant nourishment

Synonyms:

hearty; satisfying; square; substantial; solid

Context examples:

a hearty meal / good solid food / ate a substantial breakfast / four square meals a day

Similar:

wholesome (conducive to or characteristic of physical or moral well-being)


Sense 5substantial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of good quality and condition; solidly built

Synonyms:

substantial; strong; solid

Context examples:

a solid foundation / several substantial timber buildings

Similar:

sound (in good condition; free from defect or damage or decay)


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