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substantial   WordNet 2.0

- fairly large
"won by a substantial margin"

 
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- having substance or capable of being treated as fact

- not imaginary
"the substantial world"
"a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"
"most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare

 
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- being the essence or essential element of a thing
"substantial equivalents"
"substantive information"

 
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- of good quality and condition

- solidly built
"a solid foundation"
"several substantial timber buildings"

 
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- providing abundant nourishment
"a hearty meal"
"good solid food"
"ate a substantial breakfast"

 
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Substantial   Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

1. Belonging to substance; actually existing; real; as, substantial life. Milton.

"If this atheist would have his chance to be real and substantial agent, he is more stupid than the vulgar." -- Bentley.

2. Not seeming or imaginary; not illusive; real; solid; true; veritable.

"If happinessbe a substantial good." -- Denham.

"The substantial ornaments of virtue." -- L'Estrange.

3. Corporeal; material; firm. "Most ponderous and substantial things." Shak.

"The rainbow [appears to be] a large substantial arch." -- I. Watts.

4. Having good substance; strong; stout; solid; firm; as, substantial cloth; a substantial fence or wall.

5. Possessed of goods or an estate; moderately wealthy; responsible; as, a substantial freeholder. "Substantial yeomen and burghers." Sir W. Scott.

 
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