from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. In a substantive manner, or to a substantive extent

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a substantive manner; in substance; essentially.
  • adv. As a substantive, name, or noun.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a substantive manner; in substance; essentially: as, a thing may be apparently one thing and substantively another.
  • In grammar, as a substantive or noun: as, an adjective or a pronoun used substantively.


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  • It seems that all this solution does, substantively, is put the actual reconcilation bill on the table like a fatty cut of beef for everyone to chop at.

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  • Our copy-text, from which we do not vary substantively, is the copy of

    Declaration of Rights

  • The Theosophists and the Súfís are divided into two branches: one, comprising the mass, who, simply in the spirit of imitation, believe pantheism without comprehending the meaning of their renowned savants; for the mass of the Súfís believe that the signification of Being is general existence, taken substantively, which is comprehended by the reason and the intelligence — that is to say, that man comprehends it.

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  • The third factor is the most important, politically and substantively, which is to break the cycle of the big banks winning most of what they want from government, and especially to force them to write down mortgages for underwater homeowners.

    Crooks and Liars

  • But they will, among other things, heavily penalize airlines for leaving passengers stranded aboard grounded planes for more than three hours, require airlines to respond "substantively" to customer complaints within 60 days, and force airlines to publish data about delayed flights and face fines for habitually late flights.

    Forcing Airlines to Play Nice With Fliers

  • Or how about substantively answering why you think giving $700 billion to Wall Street will help solve this problem, rather than make it worse - and by "substantively," I don't mean simply saying that some other "expert" said it would save the economy, I mean actually making a substantive, logical argument.

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  • Hopefully, the selection of Dion at the least means that the quality of political discourse in this country will rise: seeing Dion and Harper debate policy - substantively, meaningfully – will be a treat.

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  • On how the government could help to reduce the cost of doing business in the industry, Wee said the lifespan of tour buses should be extended to more than 18 years and high-risk insurance should be reduced "substantively".


  • Despite the authorities having now rubbed-stamped the move - with the Premier League insisting the deal between Arsenal and Zenit St Petersburg was done "substantively" ahead of the window closing - the issue is set to be raised at a meeting of the 20 member clubs in central London today.

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  • My colleague Jeffrey Goldberg wrote on February 23 that Freeman was "well-known for his hostility toward Israel," but argued that the Saudi connections were more "substantively" problematic.

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