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  1. (grammar) A word that names or refers to a person, place, thing, or idea. noun, Nouns, pronouns, adjectives, present participles, determiners, and numerals may all function as substantives in English and many other languages.
  • Dutch: zelfstandig naamwoord , substantief
  • French: substantif
  • German: Substantiv
  • Italian: sostantivo
  • Spanish: substantivo , sustantivo
  1. Of the essence or essential element of a thing; as, "substantive information".
  2. Having substance and prompting thought.
  3. Applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; as, "substantive law".
    Etymology: From substantif.

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