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.
Sub·stan·tive, v. t. To substantivize. [R.]
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.
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"
n : a noun or a pronoun that is used in place of a noun