- Substance is some material or item with a particular texture or an intoxicating drink or drug.
- An example of substance is something that feels like silk.
- An example of a substance is alcohol.
- Substance means something based in fact or supported by logic, or something or someone who has merit or worth.
- An example of substance is when an argument makes sense and has facts to back it up.
- Substance is a person who is smart and interested in the world.
- the real or essential part or element of anything; essence, reality, or basic matter
- the physical matter of which a thing consists; material
- matter of a particular kind or chemical composition
- solid quality; substantial character
- consistency; body
- the real content, meaning, or gist of something said or written
- material possessions; property; resources; wealth
- a drug
- something that has independent existence and is acted upon by causes
- that part of a thing in which its properties inhere
Origin of substanceOld French from Classical Latin substantia from substare, to be present from sub-, under + stare, to stand
- with regard to essential elements
- actually; really
- a. That which has mass and occupies space; matter.b. A material of a particular kind or constitution.c. A drug, chemical, or other material (such as glue) that one is dependent on or uses habitually and that is often illegal or subject to government regulation: Which substance was he abusing?
- The most important part or idea of what is said or written; the essence or gist: the substance of the report.
- a. That which is real or practical in quality or character; practical value: a plan without substance.b. Significance or importance: Did he accomplish anything of substance?
- Density; body: Air has little substance.
- Material possessions; goods; wealth: a person of substance.
Origin of substanceMiddle English from Old French from Latin substantia from substāns substant- present participle of substāre to be present sub- sub- stāre to stand ; see stā- in Indo-European roots.