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English definition of “substance”

substance

noun  /ˈsʌb·stəns/ us  

substance noun (MATERIAL)

[C] a material with particular physical characteristics: The pesticide contains a substance that is toxic to insects.

substance noun (IMPORTANCE)

[U] importance, seriousness, or relationship to real facts: Surprisingly, these filmmakers opted for substance over style.
(Definition of substance from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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