- 1Of considerable importance, size, or worth: a substantial amount of cashMore example sentences
- This finding is substantial considering the small size of the sample.
- But in any case, it is worth a very substantial amount of money to our economy - certainly in the order of a billion dollars or more.
- The robbers then ransacked the premises and stole £3,000 worth of cigarettes and a substantial amount of cash.
- 1.1Strongly built or made: a row of substantial Victorian villasMore example sentences
- The resonator is wide in the bass, with a substantial, strongly curved pillar and neck.
- The property, which sits among the substantial Victorian villas of Helensburgh's desirable upper west end, is laid out over two floors and sits on approximately half an acre of land.
- I am staying at the exclusive marina of Port St Charles, on the west of the island, a coastline characterised by grand hotels, substantial villas and private mansions.
- 1.2(Of a meal) large and filling.More example sentences
- Indicators of consistent poverty include lack of heating, at least one day in the previous two weeks without a substantial meal, no warm waterproof overcoat or only one pair of strong shoes.
- A good, substantial meal, perhaps more akin to first-rate home cooking than wildly fancy restaurant food, but none the worse for that.
- As well as the restrictions regarding supervision and time, the law now insists that a substantial meal be served at the function.
- 1.3Important in material or social terms; wealthy: a substantial Devon familyMore example sentences
- Enjoying a substantial social status, they produced topographical memoirs that provided information specifically devoted to the management of colonies by the state.
- There's something rather substantial about him.
- 2Concerning the essentials of something: there was substantial agreement on changing policiesMore example sentences
fundamental, essential, basic
- It is concerned with what is substantial (essentialities, or what makes a thing what it is) in things, processes and relations.
- But I have two substantial concerns over abortion.
- Yet, it appears that the government was not concerned with any substantial violation of the law in this case.
- 3Real and tangible rather than imaginary: spirits are shadowy, human beings substantialMore example sentences
- It gave voters a substantial and tangible personal reward and it was something Labour would never do.
- He argues that social activists need to realise that if they want substantial and tangible results, it is the government above all else which they need to influence.
- There is mind, but it is not tangible or substantial.
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- Even in death his body, whose location has been wrongly recorded on the cemetery's list, has only the substantiality she chooses to give him.
- The Tribunal must consider the materiality and substantiality of the employer's reason.
- There is a gap between the premiss of transcendental psychology - the transcendental unity of apperception - and its conclusion - the substantiality of the soul.
Middle English: from Old French substantiel or Christian Latin substantialis, from substantia 'being, essence' (see substance).