Substance definition

sŭbstəns
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Matter of a particular kind or chemical composition.
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Material possessions; estate; property; resources.

A man of substance.

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Substantiality; solidity; firmness.

Some textile fabrics have little substance.

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The most important part or idea of what is said or written; the essence or gist.

The substance of the report.

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Physical matter; material.
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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.

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Solid quality; substantial character.
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The essential part of anything; the most vital part.
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Material possessions; goods; wealth.

A person of substance.

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Something that has independent existence and is acted upon by causes.
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That part of a thing in which its properties inhere.
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(theology) Hypostasis.
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The real or essential part or element of anything; essence, reality, or basic matter.
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That which is real or practical in quality or character; practical value.

A plan without substance.

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The real content, meaning, or gist of something said or written.
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Density; body.

Air has little substance.

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That which has mass and occupies space; matter.
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Significance or importance.

Did he accomplish anything of substance?

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Material possessions; property; resources; wealth.
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The physical matter of which a thing consists; material.
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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.

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A material of a particular kind or constitution.
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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?

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A drug.
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Consistency; body.
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Drugs (illegal narcotics)

Substance abuse.

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in substance
  • with regard to essential elements
  • actually; really
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
substance
Plural:
substances

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in substance

Origin of substance

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin substantia from substāns substant- present participle of substāre to be present sub- sub- stāre to stand stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French substance, from Latin substantia (“substance, essence"), from substāns, present active participle of substō (“exist; literally, stand under"), from sub + stō (“stand").

    From Wiktionary