Definition for SUB-STAN'TIAL


  1. Belonging to substance; real; actually existing. If this atheist would have his chance to be a real and substantial agent, he is more stupid than the vulgar. – Bentley.
  2. Real; solid; true; not seeming or imaginary. If happiness be a substantial good. – Denham. The substantial ornaments of virtue. – L'Estrange.
  3. Corporeal; material. The rainbow appears like a substantial arch in the sky. – Watts.
  4. Having substance; strong; stout; solid; as, substantial cloth; a substantial fence or gate.
  5. Possessed of goods or estate; responsible; moderately wealthy; as, a substantial freeholder or farmer; a substantial citizen. – Addison.

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