Word definition: substantive

Defiintion of substantive:

[n] a noun or a pronoun that is used in place of a noun
[adj] (law) applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; "substantive law"
[adj] being the essence or essential element of a thing; "substantial equivalents"; "substantive information"
[adj] having substance and prompting thought; "a meaty discussion"

Synonyms of substantive:

essential, in essence, meaningful, meaty, substantial

Antonyms of substantive:

adjective, procedural

See Also:

noun, word

Webster Dictionary (1913) for substantive:

\Sub"stan*tive\, a. [L. substantivus: cf. F.
1. Betokening or expressing existence; as, the substantive
   verb, that is, the verb to be.

2. Depending on itself; independent.

         He considered how sufficient and substantive this
         land was to maintain itself without any aid of the
         foreigner.                            --Bacon.

3. Enduring; solid; firm; substantial.

         Strength and magnitude are qualities which impress
         the imagination in a powerful and substantive
         manner.                               --Hazlitt.

4. Pertaining to, or constituting, the essential part or
   principles; as, the law substantive.

{Noun substantive} (Gram.), a noun which designates an
   object, material or immaterial; a substantive.

{Substantive color}, one which communicates its color without
   the aid of a mordant or base; -- opposed to adjective

\Sub"stan*tive\, n. [Cf. F. substantif.] (Gram.) A noun or name; the part of speech which designates something that exists, or some object of thought, either material or immaterial; as, the words man, horse, city, goodness, excellence, are substantives.
\Sub"stan*tive\, v. t. To substantivize. [R.] --Cudworth.