substantial

[suhb-stan-shuhl]
adjective
1.
of ample or considerable amount, quantity, size, etc.: a substantial sum of money.
2.
of a corporeal or material nature; tangible; real.
3.
of solid character or quality; firm, stout, or strong: a substantial physique.
4.
basic or essential; fundamental: two stories in substantial agreement.
5.
wealthy or influential: one of the substantial men of the town.
6.
of real worth, value, or effect: substantial reasons.
7.
pertaining to the substance, matter, or material of a thing.
8.
of or pertaining to the essence of a thing; essential, material, or important.
9.
being a substance; having independent existence.
10.
Philosophy. pertaining to or of the nature of substance rather than an accident or attribute.
noun
11.
something substantial.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English substancial < Late Latin substantiālis, equivalent to Latin substanti(a) substance + -ālis -al1

substantiality, substantialness, noun
substantially, adverb
nonsubstantial, adjective
nonsubstantially, adverb
nonsubstantialness, noun
nonsubstantiality, noun
presubstantial, adjective
supersubstantial, adjective
supersubstantially, adverb


3. stable, sound. 6. valid, important.


2. immaterial, ethereal.
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substantial (səbˈstænʃəl)
 
adj
1.  of a considerable size or value: substantial funds
2.  worthwhile; important: a substantial reform
3.  having wealth or importance
4.  (of food or a meal) sufficient and nourishing
5.  solid or strong in construction, quality, or character: a substantial door
6.  real; actual; true: the evidence is substantial
7.  of or relating to the basic or fundamental substance or aspects of a thing
8.  philosophy of or relating to substance rather than to attributes, accidents, or modifications
 
substantiality
 
n
 
sub'stantialness
 
n
 
sub'stantially
 
adv

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substantial
mid-14c., "ample, sizeable," from O.Fr. substantiel (13c.), from L. substantialis "having substance or reality, material," from substantia (see substance). Meaning "existing, having real existence" is from late 14c.
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Example sentences
It lost substantial amount in its endowment and now is forced to make
  substantial cuts.
The arrival of this anniversary allows for some more substantial reflection.
Candidates must have a substantial record of academic leadership and management.
Nor was there substantial change in students' persistence in or completion of
  developmental reading.
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