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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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Examples from the web for substantiation
  • But there are few good details to go on, and even less in the way of official substantiation.
  • Thank you for your attempt, but please allow me to say that your personal insults unfortunately lack substantiation.
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  • We forgot what was learned a generation ago and this article is substantiation of the initial pessimism.
  • They bring up interesting ideas but in my opinion are misleading in the substantiation of their conclusions.
  • That's the substantiation of the ghost of the father as an observer and commentator on what transpires.
  • The author is not reporting in the journalistic sense, but retelling anecdotal stories with no effort at substantiation.
  • From the food industry point of view, however, scientific substantiation of health claims presents pesky barriers.
  • So keep pushing them to provide evidence and substantiation.
  • So then you pull stories out of the air with no substantiation about unvaccinated kids being healthier.
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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