AskDefine | Define substantial

Dictionary Definition

substantial 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] [ant: insubstantial]
4 providing abundant nourishment; "a hearty meal"; "good solid food"; "ate a substantial breakfast" [syn: hearty, satisfying, solid]
5 of good quality and condition; solidly built; "a solid foundation"; "several substantial timber buildings" [syn: solid, strong]

User Contributed Dictionary



From substantiel.


  1. Belonging to substance; actually existing; real; as, substantial life.
  2. Not seeming or imaginary; not illusive; real; solid; true; veritable.
    "to do some substantial good, is the compensation for much incidental imperfection" - Cardinal Newman, The Rise and Progress of Universities
  3. corporeal; material; firm.
  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.
  6. Large in size or value; as, a substantial amount of money.
  7. Most important; essential.


belonging to substance
  • Finnish: todellinen
  • Japanese: 物質的, 現実
  • Russian: вещественный, материальный
not seeming or imaginary
  • Finnish: todellinen
  • Japanese: 現実, 実際
  • Russian: настоящый, реальный, действительный
  • Finnish: todellinen
  • Japanese: 現実, 実際
  • Russian: вещественный, материальный
having good substance
  • Finnish: tukeva
  • Japanese: 堅固, 頑丈
  • Russian: прочный, крепкий, солидный
possessed of goods or an estate
  • Finnish: vauras
  • Japanese: 裕福
  • Russian: солидный, зажиточный, обеспеченный, состоятельный
large in size or value
  • Finnish: huomattava, runsas
  • Japanese: 大量
  • Russian: значительный
  • Finnish: oleellinen, olennainen
  • Japanese: 実質的
  • Russian: существенный, важный

Extensive Definition

The word originates from Latin substantia, literally meaning "standing under". The word was used to translate the Greek philosophical term ousia.
Substance may refer to:
See also:
substantial in Arabic: مادة كيميائية
substantial in Czech: Látka (rozcestník)
substantial in Galician: Substancia
substantial in Italian: Sostanza
substantial in Polish: Substancja
substantial in Slovak: Látka
substantial in Tagalog: Sustansyang kimikal
substantial in Yiddish: סובסטאנץ

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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