Definition of substantive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//səbˈstæntɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//səbˈstæntɪv//
; BrE BrE//ˈsʌbstəntɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌbstəntɪv//
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(formal) dealing with real, important or serious matters substantive issues The report concluded that no substantive changes were necessary. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘having an independent existence’): from Old French substantif, -ive or late Latin substantivus, from substantia ‘essence’, from substant- ‘standing firm’, from the verb substare.
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