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 for Noun substantive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Substantive \Sub"stan*tive\, a. [L. substantivus: cf. F.
     substantif.]
     1. Betokening or expressing existence; as, the substantive
        verb, that is, the verb to be.
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     2. Depending on itself; independent.
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              He considered how sufficient and substantive this
              land was to maintain itself without any aid of the
              foreigner.                            --Bacon.
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     3. Enduring; solid; firm; substantial.
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              Strength and magnitude are qualities which impress
              the imagination in a powerful and substantive
              manner.                               --Hazlitt.
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     4. Pertaining to, or constituting, the essential part or
        principles; as, the law substantive.
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     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
        color.
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