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substantial

[suh b-stan-shuh l] /səbˈstæn ʃəl/
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
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English substancial < Late Latin substantiālis, equivalent to Latin substanti(a) substance + -ālis -al1
Related forms
substantiality, substantialness, noun
substantially, adverb
nonsubstantial, adjective
nonsubstantially, adverb
nonsubstantialness, noun
nonsubstantiality, noun
presubstantial, adjective
supersubstantial, adjective
supersubstantially, adverb
Synonyms
3. stable, sound. 6. valid, important.
Antonyms
2. immaterial, ethereal.
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British Dictionary definitions for substantial

substantial

/səbˈstænʃəl/
adjective
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
Derived Forms
substantiality (səbˌstænʃɪˈælɪtɪ), substantialness, noun
substantially, adverb
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Word Origin and History for substantial
adj.

mid-14c., "ample, sizeable," from Old French substantiel (13c.), from Latin substantialis "having substance or reality, material," from substantia (see substance). Meaning "existing, having real existence" is from late 14c.

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