Definition of substantial in English:


Syllabification: sub·stan·tial
Pronunciation: /səbˈstanCHəl


  • 1Of considerable importance, size, or worth: a substantial amount of cash
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    • 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.
    considerable, real, significant, important, notable, major, valuable, usefulsizable, considerable, significant, large, ample, appreciable, goodly
  • 1.1Strongly built or made: a row of substantial Victorian villas
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    • 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.
    sturdy, solid, stout, thick, strong, well built, durable, long-lasting, hardwearing
  • 1.2(Of a meal) large and filling.
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    • 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 family
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    • 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.
    successful, profitable, prosperous, wealthy, affluent, moneyed, well-to-do, rich
    informal loaded, stinking rich
  • 2Concerning the essentials of something: there was substantial agreement on changing policies
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    • 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.
    fundamental, essential, basic
  • 3Real and tangible rather than imaginary: spirits are shadowy, human beings substantial
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    • 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.



Pronunciation: /-ˌstanCHēˈalitē/
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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).

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