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Meaning of substantial

sub•stan•tial

Pronunciation: (sub-stan'shul), [key]
— adj.
  1. of ample or considerable amount, quantity, size, etc.: a substantial sum of money.
  2. of a corporeal or material nature; tangible; real.
  3. of solid character or quality; firm, stout, or strong: a substantial physique.
  4. basic or essential; fundamental: two stories in substantial agreement.
  5. wealthy or influential: one of the substantial men of the town.
  6. of real worth, value, or effect: substantial reasons.
  7. pertaining to the substance, matter, or material of a thing.
  8. of or pertaining to the essence of a thing; essential, material, or important.
  9. being a substance; having independent existence.
  10. pertaining to or of the nature of substance rather than an accident or attribute.
—n.
  1. something substantial.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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