• A substantial lifelike ghost leaning over her
    A substantial lifelike ghost leaning over her
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj substantial fairly large "won by a substantial margin"
    • adj substantial having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary "the substantial world","a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical","most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare"
    • adj substantial having a firm basis in reality and being therefore important, meaningful, or considerable "substantial equivalents"
    • adj substantial of good quality and condition; solidly built "a solid foundation","several substantial timber buildings"
    • adj substantial providing abundant nourishment "a hearty meal","good solid food","ate a substantial breakfast","four square meals a day"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Substantial Belonging to substance; actually existing; real; as, substantial life. "If this atheist would have his chance to be real and substantial agent, he is more stupid than the vulgar."
    • Substantial Corporeal; material; firm. "Most ponderous and substantial things.""The rainbow [appears to be] a large substantial arch."
    • Substantial Having good substance; strong; stout; solid; firm; as, substantial cloth; a substantial fence or wall.
    • Substantial Not seeming or imaginary; not illusive; real; solid; true; veritable. "If happinessbe a substantial good.""The substantial ornaments of virtue."
    • Substantial Possessed of goods or an estate; moderately wealthy; responsible; as, a substantial freeholder. "Substantial yeomen and burghers."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • substantial Pertaining to or of the nature of substance; being a substance; real; actually existing; true; actual; not seeming or imaginary; not illusive.
    • substantial Having essential value; genuine; sound; sterling.
    • substantial Having firm or good material; strong; stout; solid: as, substantial cloth.
    • substantial Possessed of considerable substance, goods, or estate; moderately wealthy; well-to-do.
    • substantial Real or true in the main or for the most part: as, substantial success.
    • substantial Of considerable amount: as, a substantial gift; substantial profit.
    • substantial Capable of being substantiated or proved.
    • substantial Vital; important.
    • substantial In law, pertaining to or involving the merits or essential right, in contradistinction to questions of form or manner. Thus, a substantial performance of a contract is one which fulfils reasonably well all the material and essential stipulations, though it may be deficient in respect of punctuality or departure from minor details of manner for which moderate deductions from the price would compensate. So, in litigation, the right of trial by jury is a substantial right, but the order in which evidence shall be adduced is not.
    • substantial Pertaining to the substance or tissue of any part or organ.
    • n substantial That which has a real existence; that which has substance.
    • n substantial That which has real practical value.
    • n substantial An essential part.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Substantial sub-stan′shal belonging to or having substance: actually existing: real: solid: having substance or strength: lasting, likely to be permanent: strong, stout, bulky: corporeal, material: having property or estate: considerable, pretty wealthy: conforming to what is essential: involving the essential rights or merits of
    • n Substantial (gram.) the part of speech denoting something that exists: a noun
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  • George Santayana
    “It is a great advantage for a system of philosophy to be substantially true.”
  • Nahum Tate
    Nahum Tate
    “Friendship's the privilege of private men; for wretched greatness knows no blessing so substantial.”
  • Xaviera Hollander
    Xaviera Hollander
    “Actually, if my business was legitimate, I would deduct a substantial percentage for depreciation of my body.”
  • Peg Bracken
    Peg Bracken
    “Why does a slight tax increase cost you two hundred dollars and a substantial tax cut save you thirty cents.”
  • Albert Einstein
    “We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. substantiel, L. substantialis,


In literature:

If it were not for the substantial fit between it and the lead pipe, it would not stay in place.
"Elements of Plumbing" by Samuel Dibble
Multiplying the number of cases makes a greater appeal to a sluggish imagination, but it adds nothing substantial to the fact.
"Theism or Atheism" by Chapman Cohen
The engagement to God is always substantial, whether by vow or oath, or by both; as is the engagement among the Covenanting parties.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
The foundation is of stone, and the whole house of a substantial character.
"Woodward's Graperies and Horticultural Buildings" by George E. Woodward
Substantially, however, it had already terminated in 1774.
"Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812" by Alfred Thayer Mahan
It is the only basis of our solid and substantial interests, and the last star of hope to the oppressed of every clime.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 3 No 2, February 1863" by Various
Compared to the substantial buildings of the East, Manti's structures were hovels.
"'Firebrand' Trevison" by Charles Alden Seltzer
There is no attempt at refinement in cooking, but there is plenty of good substantial food.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
Certainly there was enough to substantiate the claim.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
Next to it was a substantial house of stone, with the front door open.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various

In poetry:

The poet's land is going fast;
Wild beauty must give place
To useful and substantial things,
Which benefit our race.
"Catching Speckled Trout" by Thomas Frederick Young
Hearken to me with earnest care,
And freely eat substantial food,
The sweetness of my mercy share,
And taste that I alone am good.
"Ho! Everyone That Thirsts, Draw Nigh" by Charles Wesley
The tantalizing beams which shone so plain,
Which turn'd my former pleasures into pain--
Which falsely promised all the joys of fame,
Gave way, and to a more substantial flame.
"On Hearing Of The Intention Of A Gentleman To Purchase The Poet's Freedom" by George Moses Horton
Forgael. It's not a dream,
But the reality that makes our passion
As a lamp shadow - no - no lamp, the sun.
What the world's million lips are thirsting for
Must be substantial somewhere.
"A Dramatic Poem" by William Butler Yeats
Forgael. It’s not a dream,
But the reality that makes our passion
As a lamp shadow—no—no lamp, the sun.
What the world’s million lips are thirsting for
Must be substantial somewhere.
"The Shadowy Waters: The Shadowy Waters" by William Butler Yeats
And none can show me that substantial pleasure
Which will not pass away like bloom from flowers;
Therefore, no more my heart such joys shall treasure,
Nor pine for fading sweets and fleeting hours.
"A Mournful One Am I" by Walther von der Vogelweide

In news:

Each occupied substantial space, thus exaggerating the recommended consumption of meat and dairy products.
Trading commodity futures and options involves substantial risk of loss and may not be suitable for all investors.
His neighbor hoards 'unaltered' feral cats that have proliferated into a substantial herd .
Although 72,000 is a substantial number of applications, some observers have noted it's relatively low given estimates that close to 2 million people could potentially qualify.
"Support has increased substantially," said Gabriel Sayegh, a New York director for the Drug Policy Alliance, which is pushing for reform of pot laws.
Lejaren Hiller , an avant-garde composer who collaborated with John Cage and whose 1956 "Illiac Suite" was the first substantial piece of music composed on a computer, died on Wednesday at the Niagara Lutheran Nursing Home in Buffalo.
Glacier data in the wider Himalayan region hit the headlines in 2010 when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change had to apologize for a "poorly substantiated" study they cited which claimed all Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2035.
The use of the programs for cheaper labor is substantial and growing.
Private Jet Company ( PJC ), a new $4 million FBO due to open next week on the Isle of Man , is promising substantial savings for aircraft operators using it as a transit point in and out of the European Union ( EU ).
The owner of a new $4 million FBO due to open on the Isle of Man by the middle of this month is promising substantial savings for aircraft operators using it as a transit point in and out of the European Union ( EU ).
A new study shows breastfeeding may substantially reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
Breastfeeding may substantially reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome ( SIDS ).
For the sleep deprived , it can occur at any time, typically, without substantial warning.
The headlines proclaim that Rep Maxine Waters, the outspoken Democrat from California, has been cleared of charges that she violated House ethics by advocating on behalf of a Black bank in which her husband held a substantial investment.
Commissioner Phil Stinchcomb continues to question the substantial financial erosion occurring within our state and local governments' fiscal health.

In science:

The corrective term ∆ contributes substantially to the final value of SN (t) even for relatively large values of N .
I. Territory covered by N random walkers on deterministic fractals. The Sierpinski gasket
However, we could refine the statement substantially: The non-triviality is now concentrated on a zero subset.
On the Gribov Problem for Generalized Connections
The accretion flow onto a rotating, magnetized NS will differ substantially from the case where the NS is nonmagnetic.
Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton Accretion Model for Low-luminosity X-ray Sources in Globular Clusters
This is a clear example of the substantial scatter that can occur in the L − T diagram arising from the data reduction procedure when a wide range of temperatures contribute to the observed spectrum.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
The difference was substantially smaller for configurations with large angular momenta.
Local and global properties of conformally flat initial data for black hole collisions