Substantial vs Plenty - What's the difference?

substantial | plenty |

As an adjective substantial

is having to substance; actually existing; real; as, substantial life.

As a noun substantial

is anything having substance; an essential part.

As a proper noun plenty is

a village in saskatchewan, canada.




(en adjective)
  • Having to substance; actually existing; real; as, substantial life.
  • Not seeming or imaginary; not illusive; real; solid; true; veritable.
  • * "to do some substantial good, is the compensation for much incidental imperfection" - Cardinal Newman, The Rise and Progress of Universities
  • Corporeal; material; firm.
  • Having good substance; strong; stout; solid; firm; as, substantial cloth; a substantial fence or wall.
  • possessed of goods or an estate; moderately wealthy; responsible; as, a substantial freeholder.
  • Large in size, quantity, or value; as, a substantial amount of money; vast
  • Most important; essential.
  • Ample or full.
  • A substantial amount of people in this buliding
  • Significantly great.
  • Derived terms

    * consubstantial * insubstantial * substantiality * substantially * substantialness


    (en noun)
  • Anything having substance; an essential part.
  • plenty



  • A more than adequate amount.
  • We are lucky to live in a land of peace and plenty .
  • * 1798 , (Thomas Malthus), (An Essay on the Principle of Population):
  • During this season of distress, the discouragements to marriage, and the difficulty of rearing a family are so great that population is at a stand. In the mean time the cheapness of labour, the plenty of labourers, and the necessity of an increased industry amongst them, encourage cultivators to employ more labour upon their land, to turn up fresh soil, and to manure and improve more completely what is already in tillage

    Usage notes

    While some dictionaries analyse this word as a noun, others analyse it as a pronoun, Macmillan] or as both a noun and a pronoun.[ oxforddictionaries.comHarrap's essential English Dictionary'' (1996)''Heinemann English Dictionary (2001)

    Derived terms

    * horn of plenty * land of plenty * plenteous * plentiful


    * abundance * profusion


    (English Pronouns)
  • More than enough.
  • I think six eggs should be plenty for this recipe.

    Usage notes

    See the notes about the noun.


  • More than sufficiently.
  • This office is plenty big enough for our needs.
  • (label) , very.
  • She was plenty mad at him.
  • * 26 June 2014 , A.A Dowd, AV Club Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler spoof rom-com clichés in They Came Together []
  • Seeing clichés mimicked this skillfully is plenty hilarious.


    (en determiner)
  • (label) much, enough
  • There'll be plenty time later for that
  • (label) many
  • Get a manicure. Plenty men do it.


    (en adjective)
  • (label) plentiful
  • * 1597 , Shakespeare, Henry IV , Part I, Act I, Scene IV:
  • if reasons were as plenty as blackberries
  • * 1836 , The American Gardener's Magazine and Register , volume 2, page 279:
  • Radishes are very plenty . Of cabbages a few heads of this year's crop have come to hand this week, and sold readily at quotations; [...]