• A substantial lifelike ghost leaning over her
    A substantial lifelike ghost leaning over her
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v substantiate solidify, firm, or strengthen "The president's trip will substantiate good relations with the former enemy country"
    • v substantiate establish or strengthen as with new evidence or facts "his story confirmed my doubts","The evidence supports the defendant"
    • v substantiate make real or concrete; give reality or substance to "our ideas must be substantiated into actions"
    • v substantiate represent in bodily form "He embodies all that is evil wrong with the system","The painting substantiates the feelings of the artist"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Substantiate To establish the existence or truth of by proof or competent evidence; to verify; as, to substantiate a charge or allegation; to substantiate a declaration. "Observation is, in turn, wanted to direct and substantiate the course of experiment."
    • Substantiate To make to exist; to make real.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • substantiate To make to exist; make real or actual.
    • substantiate To establish by proof or competent evidence; verify; make good: as, to substantiate a charge or an allegation; to substantiate a declaration.
    • substantiate To present as having substance; body forth.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Substantiate to make substantial: to prove or confirm
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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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. substantiel—L. substantialissubstantia.


In literature:

Had that "shadowy and imaginary authority" granted to Leicester not proved substantial enough?
"History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
The fortifications of the city were of the most splendid and substantial character known to the age.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1590-1599, Vol. III. Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
The solid, substantial people in the village liked them, just as they liked and respected Martha Phipps.
"Galusha the Magnificent" by Joseph C. Lincoln
We have treated them as independent nations, without their having any substantial pretensions to that rank.
"U.S. Presidential Inaugural Addresses" by Various
The fantasies of the imagination bring a ready and substantial return: not so the treasures of thought.
"The Disowned, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
I dare say literary reputation is a fine thing, but I desire some distinction more substantial and worldly.
"Ernest Maltravers, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Handsome, roomy and substantial structures were erected, and many of the most enjoyable days of their lives were spent on this famous ranche.
"The Life of Kit Carson" by Edward S. Ellis
If there was no substantial defense, why not settle the matter?
"A Terrible Temptation" by Charles Reade
The fact had been always there, but it had never meant anything substantial to him till now.
"The History of David Grieve" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
No one, in the world's whole history, ever attempted to substantiate a truth by a miracle.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll, Volume I" by Robert Green Ingersoll

In poetry:

JURY. (shaking fists at Defendant)
Monster, monster, dread our fury—
There's the Judge, and we're the Jury!
Come! Substantial damages,
"Trial" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"Remember, in your stress,
The fragrant flower of youth,
The ancient loveliness,
The wise, substantial truth.
The City is a golden lie, a serpent's awful tooth!"
"Manhattan" by Charles Hanson Towne
"Thou would'st not look with such a puzzl'd air,
Upon my weary pace, and heavy eye,
If thou didst know the cause of my despair,
The stem, substantial, solid reason why.
"The Teacher" by Thomas Frederick Young
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
Were you thinking that those were the words—those upright lines?
those curves, angles, dots?
No, those are not the words—the substantial words are in the ground
and sea,
They are in the air—they are in you.
"Carol Of Words" by Walt Whitman

In news:

Employees may be in line for substantial bonuses, Reuters reports.
The school is ready to move from its home at the Dr Daniel Bright Elementary School campus due to capacity enrollment and a substantial waiting list.
The NCUA board on Wednesday approved a plan allowing credit unions to prepay some of the cost of the rescue of corporate credit unions after substantially revamping the plan to reflect industry concerns.
1 is a substantial setback for HIV prevention.
Substantial Proportion of Female Veterans Report Military Sexual Trauma.
Put down the vinaigrette and consider making one of these six substantial sides instead.
Adding fish or shellfish makes it more substantial, but the soup is traditional with or without.
The financial impact of such public-nuisance lawsuits against product manufacturers may become substantial.
Purchase-order lenders charge substantial fees, but Tarrab says he's still glad he used this strategy.
IN cold weather, I always long for something hearty and earthy -- substantial stick-to-the-ribs fare.
As REC continues to experience substantial growth and success, Quintal 's hiring is a welcomed expansion to the company's executive leadership roster.
While the track models have trended westward over the last day, the highest likelihood remains that Bill will stay offshore and not substantially affect the northeast US Coast.
The June 16 to Sept 6 option follows guidelines that provide substantially more protection for Sacramento River salmon, the backbone of the West Coast fishery, which have seen record low spawning returns in the past three years.
In a move aimed at substantially increasing the company's regional sales and service coverage, AccuRate recently announced that it has appointed Ran-Le Associates its exclusive sales representative for southern Mississippi and Louisiana.
Remnants of Lee threaten substantial rain through midweek.

In science:

Therefore, the atmospheric extinction correction for the flux at 17.9 µm of L2 Pup was substantial and the absolute level of our measurements at 17.9 µm is uncertain.
The Very Slow Wind From the Pulsating Semiregular Red Giant L2 Pup
Although a substantial progress in understanding the existence of radiative solutions of vacuum field equations and the asymptotic structure of corresponding radiative spacetimes has been achieved, we have seen that open problems remain.
Radiative spacetimes
RR+ and RR− . A further substantial advantage of our method is the capability to find also nonlinear similarities in short and nonstationary time series with high noise levels as they typically occur, e. g., in biology or earth sciences.
Nonlinear analysis of bivariate data with cross recurrence plots
This discrepancy triggered a substantial effort in order to reconcile theory and experiments.
Reptation in the Rubinstein-Duke model: the influence of end-reptons dynamics
This hampers the convergence of the method seriously and enlarging the basis m becomes of little help, while standardly this improves the accuracy substantially.
Reptation in the Rubinstein-Duke model: the influence of end-reptons dynamics