Noun substantive
Substantive Sub"stan*tive, a. [L. substantivus: cf. F. substantif.] 1. Betokening or expressing existence; as, the substantive verb, that is, the verb to be. [1913 Webster]

2. Depending on itself; independent. [1913 Webster]

He considered how sufficient and substantive this land was to maintain itself without any aid of the foreigner. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

3. Enduring; solid; firm; substantial. [1913 Webster]

Strength and magnitude are qualities which impress the imagination in a powerful and substantive manner. --Hazlitt. [1913 Webster]

4. Pertaining to, or constituting, the essential part or principles; as, the law substantive. [1913 Webster]

{Noun substantive} (Gram.), a noun which designates an object, material or immaterial; a substantive.

{Substantive color}, one which communicates its color without the aid of a mordant or base; -- opposed to adjective color. [1913 Webster]


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  • Substantive — Sub stan*tive, a. [L. substantivus: cf. F. substantif.] 1. Betokening or expressing existence; as, the substantive verb, that is, the verb to be. [1913 Webster] 2. Depending on itself; independent. [1913 Webster] He considered how sufficient and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Substantive color — Substantive Sub stan*tive, a. [L. substantivus: cf. F. substantif.] 1. Betokening or expressing existence; as, the substantive verb, that is, the verb to be. [1913 Webster] 2. Depending on itself; independent. [1913 Webster] He considered how… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Substantive — may refer to:In grammar: * a noun substantive, now also called simply noun * a verb substantive, a verb like English be when expressing existence (in contrast to use as a copula)In law: * a matter of substance as opposed to a matter of procedure… …   Wikipedia

  • Noun — For other uses, see Noun (disambiguation). Examples The cat sat on the mat. Please hand in your assignments by the end of the week. Cleanliness is next to Godliness. George Washington was the first president of the United States of America.… …   Wikipedia

  • substantive — [sub′stən tiv, səb stan′tiv] adj. [LME < LL substantivus < L substantia: see SUBSTANCE] 1. existing independently; not dependent upon or subordinate to another 2. of considerable amount or quantity; substantial 3. having a real existence;… …   English World dictionary

  • substantive law — ➔ law * * * substantive law UK US noun [U] LAW ► the part of the law that deals with the rights and duties of people, organizations, etc. rather than the part that deals with legal processes → Compare PROCEDURAL LAW(Cf. ↑procedural law …   Financial and business terms

  • substantive case — noun A case of second objects, being a derivation of the comparative case but intended for larger, more substantial objects, and used to join or combine one thing with another. It corresponds roughly to a variation of the accusative case: I… …   Wiktionary

  • substantive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having a firm basis in reality and so important or meaningful. 2) having a separate and independent existence. 3) (of law) defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which such things are established. ► NOUN… …   English terms dictionary

  • substantive genitive — noun : a genitive that includes in its denotation the meaning of a qualified noun to be understood with it in “I spent the night at my brother s” brother s is a substantive genitive carrying the implication “residence” …   Useful english dictionary

  • Noun — (noun), n. [OF. noun, nun, num, non, nom, F. nom, fr. L. nomen name. See {Name}.] (Gram.) A word used as the designation or appellation of a creature or thing, existing in fact or in thought; a substantive. [1913 Webster] Note: By some… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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