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substantive (adj) – 1. Substantial; considerable.
2. Independent in existence or function; not subordinate.
3. Not imaginary; actual; real.
4. Of or relating to the essence or substance; essential.
5. Having a solid basis; firm.
6. (Grammar) Expressing or designating existence; for example, the verb to be.
7. (Grammar) Designating a noun or noun equivalent.

(noun) – (Grammar) A word or group of words functioning as a noun.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Substantive was borrowed into Middle English from the Anglo-French adjective sustentif, meaning “having or expressing substance,” and can be traced back to the Latin verb substare, which literally means “to stand under.” Figuratively, the meaning of substare is best understood as “to stand firm” or “to hold out.” Since the 14th century, we have used substantive to speak of that which is of enough “substance” to stand alone, or be independent. By the 19th century, the word evolved related meanings, such as “enduring” and “essential.” It also shares some senses with substantial, such as “considerable in quantity.”

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