• (America) IPA: /ˈsʌbstəntɪv/, /səbˈstæntɪv/


  1. of the essence or essential element of a thing; as, "substantive information"
    Synonyms: essential, in essence
  2. having substance; enduring; solid; firm; substantial
    Synonyms: meaty, substantial
    Antonyms: superficial
  3. (law) applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; as, "substantive law"
    Antonyms: adjective, procedural
  4. (chemistry) of a dye that does not need the use of a mordant to be made fast to that which is being dyed
    Antonyms: adjective
  5. Depending on itself; independent.
  6. (grammar) used like a noun substantive
    Synonyms: substantival
  7. (military, of a rank or appointment) actually and legally held, as distinct from an acting, temporary or honorary rank or appointment
Translations Translations Translations Noun

substantive (plural substantives)

  1. (grammar) a word that names a person, place, thing or idea; a noun (sensu stricto) [from 16th c.]
    Synonyms: noun, noun substantive
    Hypernyms: noun
  2. Part of a text that carries the meaning, such as words and their ordering.
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substantive (substantives, present participle substantiving; past and past participle substantived)

  1. (grammar, very rare) to make a word belonging to another part of speech into a substantive (that is, a noun) or use it as a noun
    Synonyms: substantivize, nominalize

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