from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Serving or capable of serving as a substitute.

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  • adj. Characteristic of, or serving as a substitute

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tending to afford or furnish a substitute; making substitution; capable of being substituted.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Tending to afford or furnish a substitute; making substitution; capable of being substituted.


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  • Whereas metaphor or metonymy name substitutive patterns that underwrite an unthreateningly tautological and propositional definition of truth ( "truth is a trope" in the sense of


  • Simon never accepted his lower resource-cost principle relied on the viability of substitutive technology, which Some see as reaching Cost-set limits of expansion.

    Learning from Lomborg, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Complementary immigrant labor--immigrants mostly do labor that is complementary, rather than substitutive of, non-immigrant labor.

    Daniel Altschuler: Investors for Immigration Reform

  • Etc. It's an substitutive explanation in that it takes care of the things the writer doesn't really understand, but doesn't do the things they understand and don't want.

    mrissa: Addition, subtraction, numini...tion?

  • No "You're no Jack Kennedy" or "There you go again" moment and no substitutive new attack from Hillary Clinton at all.

    Post Debate Roundup, Philly Edition

  • The problem with this argument is that the risks of research often are additive rather than substitutive.

    The Ethics of Clinical Research

  • Its elementary counterpart is the theorem that the equational theories on a free algebra F (V), defined as the deductively closed sets of equations that use variables from V, are exactly its substitutive congruences.


  • T├│pez, who said she had prosecuted perhaps 10 or 15 abortion cases in the last eight years, said that she took the severity of the case into account and sometimes argued for "substitutive measures instead of jail," like house arrest, while the accused was awaiting trial.

    Sunday, April 30, 2006

  • Conversely, I contend it is possible to avoid this fate by *simply* focusing on the production of games that offer some actual value in addition or substitutive of limbic-level addiction.

    Byte Murder

  • I am also not suggesting that students should substitutive my exquisite taste for their own.

    What Not To Wear...The College Edition.


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