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.

    Relative Identity

  • Turning an adjectival similarity relation into a substantival one having the form of an identity statement yields an identity statement in name only.

    Relative Identity

  • 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.

    Feminist Metaphysics

  • 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.

    Campbell on Self-Consciousness and the Substantival Self


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