- Of the essence or essential element of a thing; as, "substantive information".
- 2012 October 6, “The first presidential debate: Back in the centre, back in the game”, in The Economist:
- In one sense the first debate achieved the worst of all worlds: it managed to be technical, even dull, without being substantive or especially honest.
- Having substance; enduring; solid; firm; substantial.
- (law) Applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; as, "substantive law".
- (chemistry) Of a dye that does not need the use of a mordant to be made fast to that which is being dyed.
- Antonym: adjective
- Depending on itself; independent.
- (grammar) Used like a noun substantive.
- Synonym: substantival
- (military, of a rank or appointment) Actually and legally held, as distinct from an acting, temporary or honorary rank or appointment.
of the essence or essential element of a thing
having substance and prompting thought
law: applying to essential legal principles
substantival — see substantival
military: actually and legally held
substantive (plural substantives)
- (grammar) A word that names a person, place, thing or idea; a noun (sensu stricto). [from 16th c.]
- subst. (abbreviation used in lexicography and grammar)
noun — see noun
- (grammar, very rare) To make a word belonging to another part of speech into a substantive (that is, a noun) or use it as a noun.
- first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of substantivar
- third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of substantivar
- third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of substantivar
- third-person singular (você) negative imperative of substantivar