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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Substantial


SUBSTAN'TIAL, adjective 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.

1. Real; solid; true; not seeming or imaginary.

If happiness be a substantial good.

The substantial ornaments of virtue.

2. Corporeal; material.

The rainbow appears like a substantial arch in the sky.

3. Having substance; strong; stout; solid; as substantial cloth; a substantial fence or gate.

4. Possessed of goods or estate; responsible; moderately wealthy; as a substantial freeholder or farmer; a substantial citizen.