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[suh b-stan-shee-eyt] /səbˈstæn ʃiˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), substantiated, substantiating.
to establish by proof or competent evidence:
to substantiate a charge.
to give substantial existence to:
to substantiate an idea through action.
to affirm as having substance; give body to; strengthen:
to substantiate a friendship.
Origin of substantiate
1650-60; < New Latin substantiātus (past participle of substantiāre), equivalent to Latin substanti(a) substance + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
substantiatable, adjective
substantiation, noun
substantiative, adjective
substantiator, noun
nonsubstantiation, noun
resubstantiate, verb (used with object), resubstantiated, resubstantiating.
resubstantiation, noun
unsubstantiatable, adjective
1. prove, confirm, verify, validate. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • How many doctors in the oncology world would be able to provide us with this kind of substantiation?

    My War on Cancer Suzanne Somers November 7, 2009
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British Dictionary definitions for substantiation


verb (transitive)
to establish as valid or genuine
to give form or real existence to
Derived Forms
substantiation, noun
substantiative, adjective
substantiator, noun
Word Origin
C17: from New Latin substantiāre, from Latin substantiasubstance
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Word Origin and History for substantiation



1650s, "to make real, to give substance to," from Modern Latin substantiatus, past participle of substantiare, from Latin substantia (see substance). Meaning "to demonstrate or prove" is attested from 1803. Related: Substantiated; substantiating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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