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Etymology

From Old French substantiel.

Adjective

substantial (comparative {{{1}}}, superlative {{{2}}})

Positive
substantial

Comparative
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  1. Belonging to substance; actually existing; real; as, substantial life.
  2. Not seeming or imaginary; not illusive; real; solid; true; veritable.
    "to do some substantial good, is the compensation for much incidental imperfection" - Cardinal Newman, The Rise and Progress of Universities
  3. corporeal; material; firm.
  4. Having good substance; strong; stout; solid; firm; as, substantial cloth; a substantial fence or wall.
  5. Possessed of goods or an estate; moderately wealthy; responsible; as, a substantial freeholder.
  6. Large in size or value; as, a substantial amount of money.
  7. Most important; essential.

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