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  • Still, Pearson had to be more mindful of the concerns of black residents than at the beginning of his career—even if that mindfulness didn’t translate into any substantive changes during his tenure.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Most of the questions were substantive and academic, until she was thrown a curve.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • Ideas almost refuse to be expressed in these substantives which are fugitives from justice.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The Albino is as well made as other men—has no substantive deformity—and yet this mere aspect of all-pervading whiteness makes him more strangely hideous than the ugliest abortion.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick

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  • However, I felt like a schoolmaster amidst children, and persisted, and presently I had a score of noun substantives at least at my command; and then I got to demonstrative pronouns, and even the verb "to eat."
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • So her manner of marketing was to plump a noun-substantive at the head of a shopkeeper without any introduction in the nature of an article, and, if it happened not to be the name of the thing she wanted, to look round for that thing, lay hold of it, and hold on by it until the bargain was concluded.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • I only wish I had an excellent answer, something pithy and substantive, maybe with a little alliteration, but instead I have one that’s merely short.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • The Chairman said, "What is your substantive field?"
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • We did not discuss substantive issues, so much as history and South African culture.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Perhaps his exalted appreciation of the merits of the old girl causes him usually to make the noun-substantive "goodness" of the feminine gender.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House

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  • The People’s Republic will never substantively touch Hong Kong!
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Am I substantively correct?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • B-o-t, bot, t-i-n, tin, bottin, n-e-y, ney, bottinney, noun substantive, a knowledge of plants.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Many who knew her, thought it a pity that so substantive and rare a creature should have been absorbed into the life of another, and be only known in a certain circle as a wife and mother.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • pl. of participle used as substantive.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Meanwhile, there remain the more serious substantive matters.
    Tim O’Brien  --  Going After Cacciato
  • I stick at everything beyond a noun-substantive—and I stick at him, if he’s at all a tight one.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • I just used a few code words that triggered responses from Armbruster and Ambassador Atkinson in London, nothing substantive.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • We would not wish to mislead our readers in their conceptions of any of our characters, and we therefore feel it necessary to add that the adjective, in the preceding agnomen of Mr. Van der School, was used in direct reference to its substantive.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • And as the number of media grew, the material became more up to date, and the methods for searching the Library became more and more sophisticated, it approached the point where there was no substantive difference between the Library of Congress and the Central Intelligence Agency.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Although the Klan would never quite die, especially down south—David Duke, a smooth-talking Klan leader from Louisiana, mounted substantive bids for the U.S. Senate and other offices—it was certainly handicapped, at least in the short term, by Kennedy’s brazen dissemination of inside information.
    Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner  --  Freakonomics
  • Verbs are fashioned out of substantives by the simple process of prefixing the preposition: /to engineer/, /to chink/, /to stump/, /to hog/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • David Phillips’s first paper on suicide rates after news siorics of celebrity suicides was: D. P. Phillips, "The Influence of Suggestion on Suicide: Substantive and Theoretical Implications of the Werther Effect," American Sociological Review (1974), vol.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • Meanwhile, Ron was reading two years’ worth of Charms notes with his fingers in his ears, his lips moving soundlessly; Seamus Finnigan was lying flat on his back on the floor, reciting the definition of a Substantive Charm while Dean checked it against The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 5; and Parvati and Lavender, who were practising basic Locomotion Charms, were making their pencil-cases race each other around the edge of the table.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Treadstone was bandied about here and there; it’s not that substantive.’
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • They are made of substantives unchanged: /codfish/, /jitney/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • The same qualities are in /rough-house/, /water-wagon/, /near-silk/, /has-been/, /lame-duck/ and a thousand other such racy substantives, and in all the great stock of native verbs and adjectives.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • It was not, however, among the verbs and adjectives that the American word-coiners of the first half of the century achieved their gaudiest innovations, but among the substantives.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Again I doubt it—but even more anarchistic dedications of verbs and adjectives to substantival use are to be found in the /Congressional Record/ every day.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • To this day they are formed in great numbers; scarcely a new substantive of more than two syllables comes in without bringing one in its wake.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Either I missed some subtle point or their language was excessively simple—almost exclusively composed of concrete substantives and verbs.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Time Machine
  • The caller was Wenzu, reporting the progress being made at Kai Tak, or more substantively, as was apparent, the lack of progress.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • /To lift up/ was turned tail first and made a substantive, and is now also an adjective and a verb.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • But such evidences of poverty are rare and abnormal; the whole movement of the language is toward the multiplication of substantives.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • /Jitney/ is an old American substantive lately [Pg165] revived; a month after its revival it was also an adjective, and before long it may also be a verb and even an adverb.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • This answer would mystify nine Englishmen out of ten, for in the first place it involves the use of the flat American /a/ in /can’t/ and in the second place it applies an unfamiliar name to the vessel that every Englishman knows as a /tin/, and then adds to the confusion by deriving a verb from the substantive.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • S-q-u-double e-r-s-Squeers, noun substantive, a educator of youth.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • This time, however, he had all summer to think about why his field should be substantive or methodological, and all that summer that is what he did.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • [50] In the same way the Italians brought in /camorra/, /padrone/, /spaghetti/ and a score of other substantives, and the Jews made contributions from Yiddish and Hebrew and greatly reinforced certain old borrowings from German.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • No academic discipline is without both substantive and methodological aspects.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Adjectives are made much less rapidly in American than either substantives or verbs.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • His thesis not be a part of a substantive field, because to accept a split into substantive and methodological was to deny the existence of Quality.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • His thesis not be a part of a substantive field, because to accept a split into substantive and methodological was to deny the existence of Quality.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Phaedrus’ provocation informed the Chairman that his substantive field was now philosophy, not English composition.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Since his substantive field was philosophy, he should apply to the philosophy department, not the committee.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • One recalls, too, some excellent substantives, /e. g./, /dope/ and /dub/, and compounds, /e. g./, /come-on/ and /easy-mark/, and verbs, /e. g./, /to vamp/.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • "Substance" and "substantive" really corresponded to "object" and "objectivity," which he’d rejected in order to arrive at a nondualistic concept of Quality.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • In the forests near the timberline he ate Swiss cheese, slept on pine-bough beds, drank mountain stream water and thought about Quality and substantive and methodological fields.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Substantive field?
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • It is impossible to imagine the austere Puritan divines of Massachusetts inventing such verbs as /to cowhide/ and /to logroll/, or such adjectives as /no-account/ and /stumped/, or such adverbs as /no-how/ and [Pg045] /lickety-split/, or such substantives as /bull-frog/, /hog-wallow/ and /hoe-cake/; but under their eyes there arose a contumacious proletariat which was quite capable of the business, and very eager for it.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
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