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Dictionary definition for: Substantial

1. (s) fairly large; "won by a substantial margin"

2. (s) being the essence or essential element of a thing; "substantial equivalents" "substantive information"

3. (a) 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

4. (s) providing abundant nourishment; "a hearty meal" "good solid food" "ate a substantial breakfast"

5. (s) of good quality and condition; solidly built; "a solid foundation" "several substantial timber buildings"

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