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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 sub·stan·tive /ˈsʌbstəntɪv/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sub·stan·tive, n.  Gram. A noun or name; the part of speech which designates something that exists, or some object of thought, either material or immaterial; as, the words man, horse, city, goodness, excellence, are substantives.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sub·stan·tive, v. t. To substantivize. [R.]

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Sub·stan·tive a.
 1. Betokening or expressing existence; as, the substantive verb, that is, the verb to be.
 2. Depending on itself; independent.
    He considered how sufficient and substantive this land was to maintain itself without any aid of the foreigner.   --Bacon.
 3. Enduring; solid; firm; substantial.
    Strength and magnitude are qualities which impress the imagination in a powerful and substantive manner.   --Hazlitt.
 4. Pertaining to, or constituting, the essential part or principles; as, the law substantive.
 Noun substantive Gram., a noun which designates an object, material or immaterial; a substantive.
 Substantive color, one which communicates its color without the aid of a mordant or base; -- opposed to adjective color.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: being the essence or essential element of a thing;
             "substantial equivalents"; "substantive information"
             [syn: substantial, in essence]
      2: applying to essential legal principles and rules of right;
         "substantive law" [syn: essential] [ant: adjective]
      3: having substance and prompting thought; "a meaty discussion"
         [syn: meaty]
      n : a noun or a pronoun that is used in place of a noun