substantial

substantial
substantial, substantive
Substantial is pronounced with the stress on the second syllable and substantive with the stress on the first syllable or occasionally the second. Both words mean ‘having substance’, but substantial is the word in general use to denote people or things of size, importance, or value

• (Scotland Yard said a ‘substantial amount of firearms and explosives’ had been recovered from the house —East Anglian Daily Times, 1993)

whereas substantive refers more to what something consists of

• (This finding moves beyond rhetoric and provides substantive evidence that fathers have an important and measurable impact on the well-being of their adolescent children —Fathering, AmE 2003).

Substantial discussions are lengthy and wide-ranging ones, whereas substantive discussions deal with important topics. Substantive often occurs in technical contexts such as law and parliamentary procedure; for example, a substantive motion is one that deals specifically with a subject in due form.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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