from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Grammar Of or relating to the nature of a substantive.
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- adj. Of or pertaining to a substantive.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a substantive; of the nature of substantive.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to or having the character of a substantive.
- Independent or self-dependent.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to or having the nature or function of a substantive (i.e. a noun or noun equivalent)
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And on the other hand, it is plain that they may be ˜introduced into discussion™ by way of plural substantival expressions, e.g. by the definite description ˜the beavers in Lake Superior™ or even by the demonstrative ˜those beavers™.
And this is not the end of the matter, for it does not address the issue of such substantival terms as ˜blood™ and
The qualification ˜substantival predicate-expressions™ above is suggested by an issue noted by Frege, who writes that
Anything whatever can be introduced into discussion by means of a singular, definitely identifying substantival expression ¦.
G. G.ach used the expression ˜substantival™ to characterize the kinds of term F and G.are.
Geach did not use the word ˜sortal™ but most commentators identify his notion of a ˜substantival expression™ with ˜sortal™ in the other writers.
Reply: The distinction between identity and similarity statements (or sentences) is usually drawn in terms of the distinction between substantival and adjectival common nouns.
Turning an adjectival similarity relation into a substantival one having the form of an identity statement yields an identity statement in name only.
One strategy, then, for undermining the idea that a category is substantival is to highlight the multiplicity of individuals and categories "in between" the primary category and its implicit opposite.
Even if it were possible for self-consciousness to be illusory, its mere occurrence is enough to refute those who take the view that the notion of a substantival self is as 'meaningless' as the notion of an unknowable substratum of material things.