substantiate (v.) 1650s, "to make real, to give substance to," from Mod.L. substantiatus, pp. of substantiare, from L. substantia (see SUBSTANCE (Cf. substance)). Meaning "to demonstrate or prove" is attested from 1803. Related: Substantiated; substantiating.

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