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Synonyms for substantive
ˈsʌb stən tɪvsub·stan·tive

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  1. substantiveadjective


  2. substantiveadjective

    A word that names or refers to a person, place, thing, or idea. Nouns and personal pronouns are always substantives by nature.

    verbal, adjective, procedural

  3. substantiveadjective

    Having substance and prompting thought.

    substantial, meaty

    procedural, adjective, verbal

  4. substantiveadjective

    verbal, adjective, procedural

  5. substantiveadjective

    verbal, procedural, adjective

  6. substantiveadjective

    essential, in essence

Princeton's WordNet

  1. substantiveadjective

    any word or group of words functioning as a noun

    adjective, nonmeaningful, unessential, inessential, procedural, meaningless

  2. substantial, substantiveadjective

    having a firm basis in reality and being therefore important, meaningful, or considerable

    "substantial equivalents"

    substantial, significant, hearty, essential, real, square, material, solid, meaty, strong, satisfying

    unessential, meaningless, nonmeaningful, procedural, inessential, adjective

  3. substantive, essentialadjective

    defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established

    "substantive law"

    substantial, essential, all important(p), all-important(a), indispensable, meaty, crucial, of the essence(p)

    procedural, nonmeaningful, inessential, adjective, meaningless, unessential

  4. meaty, substantiveadjective

    being on topic and prompting thought

    "a meaty discussion"

    essential, meaty, substantial

    adjective, nonmeaningful, procedural, meaningless, inessential, unessential

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. substantivenoun

    (Gram.) noun, name

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  1. Jeff Weaver:

    At the end of the day, you got 10 people each night in a two-hour block. Until the race sort of narrows down, you're not really going to have, I think, a lot of substantive back-and-forth between the candidates. Just because there's not enough time to do it.

  2. Eugene Fidell:

    We need to have a substantive conversation with him, he is the birthday boy here, and it’s important that we get an opportunity to talk to him.

  3. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez:

    Anything that we can do, whether it’s majorly substantive or minor, that can continue to boost those numbers is something that I’d be in favor of, obviously, our tourists are coming here to enjoy our beaches, they’re coming here to go on cruises, they’re coming here to do outdoor activities because of the weather, so I think having more daylight allows them to do more of the activities that they would want to do anyways.

  4. Steven Vladeck:

    The Court historically has shown special procedural solicitude to the President in cases like this, and usually goes out of The Court way to ensure that the President is given his due without regard to the substantive claims he's raising, through that lens, a grant here would simply be the Supreme Court saying that it should be up to the Justices, and not the lower courts, to decide when an under what circumstances the President's personal information can properly be subject to a subpoena.

  5. Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz:

    Yesterday, in an interview, he even had the nerve to make an outrageous comment about one of his fellow candidate's looks, so I'm sorry, I'm just, I'm not really willing to give Donald Trump credit for very credible, substantive beliefs.

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