1. 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. --Bentley.
2. Not seeming or imaginary; not illusive; real; solid; true; veritable.
If happinessbe a substantial good. --Denham.
The substantial ornaments of virtue. --L'Estrange.
3. Corporeal; material; firm. “Most ponderous and substantial things.”
The rainbow [appears to be] a large substantial arch. --I. Watts.
4. Having good substance; strong; stout; solid; firm; as, substantial cloth; a substantial fence or wall.
5. Possessed of goods or an estate; moderately wealthy; responsible; as, a substantial freeholder. “Substantial yeomen and burghers.”
adj 1: fairly large; "won by a substantial margin" [syn: significant]
2: being the essence or essential element of a thing;
"substantial equivalents"; "substantive information" [syn:
substantive, in essence]
3: 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 [syn: real, material]
4: providing abundant nourishment; "a hearty meal"; "good solid
food"; "ate a substantial breakfast" [syn: hearty, satisfying,
5: of good quality and condition; solidly built; "a solid
foundation"; "several substantial timber buildings" [syn: