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Meaning of substantive by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old French substantif .


    substantive ( comparative more substantive, superlative most substantive )

    1. Of the essence or essential element of a thing; as, "substantive information" .
    2. Having substance and prompting thought .
    3. ( law ) Applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; as, "substantive law" .
    4. ( chemistry ) Of a dye that does not need the use of a mordant to be made fast to that which is being dyed .



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    substantive ( plural: substantives )

    1. ( grammar ) A word that names or refers to a person, place, thing, or idea. 名詞s and personal pronouns are always substantives by nature .

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Explanation of substantive by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established

    2. substantive law
    3. having a firm basis in reality and being therefore important, meaningful, or considerable

    4. being on topic and prompting thought

    1. any word or group of words functioning as a noun

    Definition of substantive by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Substantive a. [L. substantivus: cf. F. substantif.]
      1. Betokening or expressing existence; as, “the substantive verb, that is, the verb to be”.

      2. Depending on itself; independent.

      He considered how sufficient and substantive this land was to maintain itself without any aid of the foreigner. Bacon.

      3. Enduring; solid; firm; substantial.

      Strength and magnitude are qualities which impress the imagination in a powerful and substantive manner. Hazlitt.

      4. Pertaining to, or constituting, the essential part or principles; as, “the law substantive”.

      Noun substantive ( Gram. ), a noun which designates an object, material or immaterial; a substantive. -- Substantive color, one which communicates its color without the aid of a mordant or base; -- opposed to adjective color.

    2. Substantive, n. [Cf. F. substantif.] ( Gram. ) 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”.

    3. Substantive, v. t. To substantivize. [R.] Cudworth.