Substantive vs Discursive - What's the difference?

substantive | discursive |

As adjectives the difference between substantive and discursive

is that substantive is nominalized while discursive is (of speech or writing) tending to digress from the main point; rambling.



(en adjective)
  • Of the essence or essential element of a thing; as, "substantive information".
  • * 2012 , The Economist, 06 Oct 2012 issue; [ The first presidential debate: Back in the centre, back in the game]
  • In one sense the first debate achieved the worst of all worlds: it managed to be technical, even dull, without being substantive or especially honest.
  • Having substance; enduring; solid; firm; substantial.
  • * Hazlitt
  • Strength and magnitude are qualities which impress the imagination in a powerful and substantive manner.
  • (legal) Applying to essential legal principles and rules of right; as, "substantive law".
  • (chemistry) Of a dye that does not need the use of a mordant to be made fast to that which is being dyed.
  • Depending on itself; independent.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • He considered how sufficient and substantive this land was to maintain itself without any aid of the foreigner.


    * (of the essential element) essential, in essence * (having substance) meaty, substantial


    * (having substance) superficial * (legal) adjective, procedural * verbal * (of a dye that does not need the use of a mordant) adjective

    Derived terms

    * substantive law


    (en noun)
  • (grammar) A word that names a person, place, thing or idea; a noun (sensu stricto)
  • Alternative forms

    * (abbreviation used in lexicography and grammar)


    * noun (sensu stricto)

    Derived terms

    * substantivise/substantivize * substantival (substantivally)




    (en adjective)
  • (of speech or writing) Tending to digress from the main point; rambling.
  • *
  • This means, at times, long and perhaps overly discursive discussions of other taxa.
  • (philosophy) Using reason and argument rather than intuition.
  • Derived terms

    * counterdiscursive

    See also

    * discourse ----