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substantive

[suhb-stuh n-tiv] /ˈsʌb stən tɪv/
noun, Grammar
1.
a noun.
2.
a pronoun or other word or phrase functioning or inflected like a noun.
adjective
3.
Grammar.
  1. pertaining to substantives.
  2. used in a sentence like a noun:
    a substantive adjective.
  3. expressing existence:
    “to be” is a substantive verb.
4.
having independent existence; independent.
5.
belonging to the real nature or essential part of a thing; essential.
6.
real or actual.
7.
of considerable amount or quantity.
8.
possessing substance; having practical importance, value, or effect:
substantive issues under discussion.
9.
Law. pertaining to the rules of right which courts are called on to apply, as distinguished from rules of procedure (opposed to adjective).
10.
(of dye colors) attaching directly to the material without the aid of a mordant (opposed to adjective).
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Late Latin substantīvus, equivalent to Latin substant(ia) substance + -īvus -ive
Related forms
substantively, adverb
substantiveness, noun
nonsubstantive, adjective
nonsubstantively, adverb
nonsubstantiveness, noun
unsubstantive, adjective
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substantive

/ˈsʌbstəntɪv/
noun
1.
(grammar) a noun or pronoun used in place of a noun
adjective
2.
of, relating to, containing, or being the essential element of a thing
3.
having independent function, resources, or existence
4.
of substantial quantity
5.
solid in foundation or basis
6.
(grammar) denoting, relating to, or standing in place of a noun
7.
(səbˈstæntɪv). relating to the essential legal principles administered by the courts, as opposed to practice and procedure Compare adjective (sense 3)
8.
(səbˈstæntɪv). (of a dye or colour) staining the material directly without use of a mordant
Abbreviation s, sb, subst
Derived Forms
substantival (ˌsʌbstənˈtaɪvəl) adjective
substantivally, adverb
substantively, adverb
substantiveness, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin substantīvus, from Latin substāre to stand beneath; see substance
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Word Origin and History for non substantive

substantive

adj.

late 15c., "standing by itself," from Old French substantif, from Late Latin substantivum, neuter of Latin substantivus "of substance or being," from substantia (see substance). The grammatical term (late 14c.) was introduced by the French to denote the noun in contradistinction to the adjective, from Latin nomen substantivum "name or word of substance."

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