When you talk about substantive change, you mean change that really makes a difference. After a substantive discussion, you will have an in-depth understanding of what you are talking about.

When something is substantive, there is a lot of there there, be it meaning or volume of things. The word brings a serious tone. While it is often used to talk about problems and their solutions, a big steak dinner could be called substantive as could a very long piece of writing. In any case, you use it when there is a lot of substance involved.

Definitions of substantive
  1. adjective
    having a firm basis in reality and being therefore important, meaningful, or considerable
    synonyms: substantial
    basic and fundamental
  2. adjective
    being on topic and prompting thought
    synonyms: meaty
    having a meaning or purpose
  3. adjective
    defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established
    substantive law”
    synonyms: essential
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    adjective, procedural
    relating to court practice and procedure as opposed to the principles of law
  4. noun
    any word or group of words functioning as a noun
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    a content word that can be used to refer to a person, place, thing, quality, or action
    collective noun
    a noun that is singular in form but refers to a group of people or things
    mass noun
    a noun that does not form plurals
    count noun
    a noun that forms plurals
    generic noun
    a noun that does not specify either masculine or feminine gender
    proper name, proper noun
    a noun that denotes a particular thing; usually capitalized
    common noun
    a noun that denotes any or all members of a class
    a noun or noun phrase that is in apposition
    type of:
    a unit of language that native speakers can identify
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