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substantive
  • n  any word or group of words functioning as a noun
  • s  having a firm basis in reality and being therefore important, meaningful, or considerable
  • a  defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which rights and duties are established
    substantive law
  • s  being on topic and prompting thought
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substitutable
  • s  (of words) interchangeable in a given context without changing the import of the expression
  • s  capable of being exchanged for another or for something else that is equivalent
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substitute
  • n  a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another
  • n  an athlete who plays only when a starter on the team is replaced
  • n  someone who takes the place of another (as when things get dangerous or difficult)
  • v  put in the place of another; switch seemingly equivalent items
    substitute regular milk with fat-free milk
  • v  be a substitute
    The young teacher had to substitute for the sick colleague
    The skim milk substitutes for cream--we are on a strict diet
  • v  act as a substitute
  • s  capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team
  • s  serving or used in place of another
  • s  artificial and inferior
    substitute coffee
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subsurface
  • a  beneath the surface
    subsurface materials of the moon
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subterminal
  • s  near but not precisely at an end
    a subterminal band of color on the tail feathers
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subterranean
  • s  being or operating under the surface of the earth
    subterranean passages
  • s  lying beyond what is openly revealed or avowed (especially being kept in the background or deliberately concealed)
    subterranean motives for murder
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subterraneous
  • s  being or operating under the surface of the earth
  • s  lying beyond what is openly revealed or avowed (especially being kept in the background or deliberately concealed)
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subtle
  • s  difficult to detect or grasp by the mind or analyze
    his whole attitude had undergone a subtle change
    a subtle difference
  • s  able to make fine distinctions
    a subtle mind
  • s  working or spreading in a hidden and usually injurious way
    a subtle poison
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subtractive
  • a  constituting or involving subtraction
    a subtractive correction
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subtropic
  • a  of or relating to or characteristic of conditions in the subtropics
    even near the equator vegetation at 5000 ft is subtropical rather than tropical
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subtropical
  • a  of or relating to or characteristic of conditions in the subtropics
    even near the equator vegetation at 5000 ft is subtropical rather than tropical
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suburban
  • a  relating to or characteristic of or situated in suburbs
    suburban population
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suburbanised
  • v  take on suburban character
  • v  make suburban in character
  • s  surrounded by many suburbs
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suburbanized
  • v  take on suburban character
    the city suburbanized
  • v  make suburban in character
    highly suburbanized cities
  • s  surrounded by many suburbs
    a highly suburbanized city
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subversive
  • n  a radical supporter of political or social revolution
  • s  in opposition to a civil authority or government
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succeeding
  • v  attain success or reach a desired goal
  • v  be the successor (of)
  • a  coming after or following
  • s  (of elected officers) elected but not yet serving
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successful
  • a  having succeeded or being marked by a favorable outcome
    a successful architect
    a successful business venture
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succinct
  • s  briefly giving the gist of something
    succinct comparisons
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