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adjective substantial pronunciation in British English /səbˈstænʃ(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    large in amount or degree
    The study reveals very substantial differences between population groups.
    The schools have a substantial measure of local autonomy.
    a substantial number/amount/proportion: A substantial number of members have called to complain.
    a substantial increase/reduction/improvement: There has been a substantial increase in inflation.
    1. a.
      used about large amounts of money
      substantial savings/investments
      a substantial sum: Unless the group can raise a substantial sum, they will be in trouble.
    2. b.
      large and strongly built
      a substantial brick building
  2. 2
    important, or real
    His decision was based on nothing more substantial than his dislike of foreigners.
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    1. a.
      dealing with important ideas in a serious way
      The most substantial regional newspaper is Caribbean Contact.
  3. 3
    making you feel full and satisfied
    Do you have anything more substantial than these pretzels?


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