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[ US /ˈsəbstəntɪv/ ]
[ UK /səbstˈæntɪv/ ]
  1. being on topic and prompting thought
    a meaty discussion
  2. defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established
    substantive law
  3. of or relating to the real nature or essential elements of something
    a substantial argument
  1. any word or group of words functioning as a noun
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How To Use substantive In A Sentence

  • MR. BELL: Well, we have informed the Congress that the part one agreement already rose to the threshold, if you will, of representing a change to the treaty -- what we call a substantive modification -- and therefore, would require congressional approval. Briefing By Robert Bell On Helsinki Agreements
  • The substantive points I was making above all remain valid either way. Matthew Yglesias » People Hate Congress, Like Obama
  • This is the most substantive passage in a speech which otherwise is tied together by bluster. Times, Sunday Times
  • There were several breakout hits, films that commanded both critical kudos and broad audience appeal, assuring substantive box-office numbers.
  • Judges are normally appointed as chairmen of those numerous committees which are concerned with reform of substantive law or legal procedure.
  • In so far as it was concerned with substantive law, it was mainly concerned with the law of war.
  • It is not the intention of the book to critique the theory or substantive findings of the studies. Critical Social Research
  • But these considerations cannot be a justification for avoiding substantive political reform. Times, Sunday Times
  • Buildings of historic importance can be sold, but new owners cannot make substantive changes to them without serious scrutiny. Times, Sunday Times
  • By precedent, the Senate could make such quorum calls dilatory at any time, if no substantive business had intervened since a quorum had been previously established. www): The Volokh Conspiracy
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