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 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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