substantiality love


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the state of being substantial
  • n. the extent to which something is substantial

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being substantial; corporiety; materiality.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character of being substantial, in any sense; the having of the function of a substance in upholding accidents.
  • n. Substance; essence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being substantial or having substance


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  • However, ghosts, when multiplied, take on what is called substantiality -- if the solidest thing conceivable, in quasi-existence, is only concentrated phantomosity.

    The Book of the Damned

  • The further fact that all the great "a priori" metaphysical systems have been driven by their pure logic to discredit the "substantiality" of the soul, just as they have been driven to discredit the personality of God, ought, one would think, where "radical empiricism" is concerned, to be a still stronger piece of evidence on the soul's side.

    The Complex Vision

  • Equally playful in its makeshift substantiality is the 1999 "Congregation," many pieces of wood covered with metal hooks, an assemblage of found objects including a rowboat.

    Beauty That's No Illusion

  • Now, Rome—not the society of people in the city, but their collective exoskeleton, the city itself—is a sublime and inordinately complicated object lesson in the substantiality of buildings and other made things, in their resistance to abstraction.

    The Forever City

  • And how we define “substantiality” is flexible enough that we can happily describe a new translation of Gilgamesh into English as “original” even though it is striving, one would hope, to be as faithful an adaptation of its source as possible.

    Creative Control - Part 4

  • The law of copyright, in its current form, depends upon the concepts of originality and substantiality to protect the building blocks of expression, and therefore only permits appropriation that is not substantial (with narrow exceptions for fair dealing as explained by David Fewer — thank you for your comment).

    Copyright Law, Freedom of Expression and Canwest v. Horizon : Law is Cool

  • The use of the Benedictine arrangement is also effectual in lending the altar a greater substantiality and verticality, and the candlesticks are themselves quite beautiful.

    Another Sanctuary Revision

  • Turning our attention to the altar itself, it now employs a dignified altar frontal which not only ties it into the liturgical seasons, but further gives the altar a far greater presence and substantiality within the sanctuary.

    Another Sanctuary Revision

  • My toes couldn't grip terrestrial ground now, teetering so far above substantiality, tethered only by your damn hand.


  • One can see the particular prominence, beauty and substantiality that this gave the altar -- not to mention that which was also lent by the antependium.

    More from Conception Abbey


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  • Perhaps putting "substantiality" in quotation marks would have made this clear, though that still leaves the question, "substantial" in what sense? In terms of length (a headline is not really "substantial" in that regard) or in terms of importance? If I quote only a single sentence, but it happens to be the sentence that carries the weight of the whole article, how does this excerpt rank in "substantiality"?

    March 3, 2009

  • We do. The copyeditors for the travel section sit right behind me.

    This is a term of art in copyright law. It might have been a good idea to avoid jargon, or to at least mention that that's what this is. But it is a legit word, if fugly :-)

    March 3, 2009

  • Terrible. I thought the NYT was one of the few papers left that still had copy-editors.

    March 3, 2009

  • “In the United States, the copyright law provides a four-point definition of fair use, which takes into consideration the purpose (commercial vs. educational) and the substantiality of the excerpt.�?

    The New York Times, Copyright Holders Challenge Sites That Excerpt, by Brian Stelter, March 1, 2009

    March 3, 2009