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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Old French
Origin: substantif, from Late Latin substantivus, from Latin substantia; SUBSTANCE

substantive

1 adjective
     
sub‧stan‧tive1
formal dealing with things that are important or real
substantive matters/issues
The State Department reported that substantive discussions had taken place with Beijing.
substantively adverb

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