adjective Date: 14th century 1. a. consisting of or relating to substance b. not imaginary or illusory ; real, true c. important, essential 2. ample to satisfy and nourish ; full <
a substantial meal
3. a. possessed of means ; well-to-do b. considerable in quantity ; significantly great <
earned a substantial wage
4. firmly constructed ; sturdy <
a substantial house
5. being largely but not wholly that which is specified <
a substantial lie
substantial nounsubstantiality nounsubstantially adverbsubstantialness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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