A Word A Day : Substantial
Thursday, 22nd October 2009 : Today's Word is ...
( Adjective )
Substantial : suhb-stan-shuhl
1. Of, relating to, or having substance
2. of ample or considerable amount, quantity, size, etc.
3. basic or essential or fundamental
4. of or pertaining to the essence of a thing : essential, material or important
Philosophy : pertaining to or of the nature of substance rather than an accident or attribute
1300–50 : ME substancial : LL substantiâlis : equivalent to L substanti(a) substance
stable, sound, valid, important, significant, in essence, substantive, material, real
Contextual Examples :
• The Differences between the two theories were not substantial. In fact, the two theories said the same thing with different words.
• The gossip columnist’s wild accusations were not based on anything substantial. Her source was a convicted criminal and she had made up all the quotations.
• The very beautiful and substantial side-wheel steamship Quaker City has been chartered for the occasion, and will leave New York June 8th.
• He is one of the substantial men of the town.
• The evidence we have is substantial.
Related Words :
substantiality, substantialness : Noun
substantially : Adverb
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