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SUBSTANTIVE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does substantive mean? 

SUBSTANTIVE (noun)
  The noun SUBSTANTIVE has 1 sense:

1. a noun or a pronoun that is used in place of a noun

  Familiarity information: SUBSTANTIVE used as a noun is very rare.


SUBSTANTIVE (adjective)
  The adjective SUBSTANTIVE has 3 senses:

1. having a firm basis in reality and being therefore important, meaningful, or considerable
2. defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established
3. being on topic and prompting thought

  Familiarity information: SUBSTANTIVE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


SUBSTANTIVE (noun)


Sense 1substantive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A noun or a pronoun that is used in place of a noun

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("substantive" is a kind of...):

word (a unit of language that native speakers can identify)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "substantive"):

noun (a word that can be used to refer to a person or place or thing)


SUBSTANTIVE (adjective)


Sense 1substantive [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 2substantive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established

Synonyms:

substantive; essential

Context example:

substantive law

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Antonym:

adjective (relating to court practice and procedure as opposed to the principles of law)


Sense 3substantive [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being on topic and prompting thought

Synonyms:

meaty; substantive

Context example:

a meaty discussion

Similar:

meaningful (having a meaning or purpose)


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