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Substitution is a member of the word family substitute, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun substitution

What does substitution mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: substitutions

  1. an event in which one thing is substituted for another
  2. the act of putting one thing or person in the place of another:
    • example: he sent Smith in for Jones but the substitution came too late to help
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of substitution: commutation / exchange
    • more generic word: change = the action of changing something
    • more specific words:
      • replacement / replacing = the act of furnishing an equivalent person or thing in the place of another
      • subrogation = the act of substituting of one creditor for another
      • ablactation / weaning = the act of substituting other food for the mother's milk in the diet of a child or young mammal

Alternative definition of the noun substitution


  1. the act of substituting or the state of being substituted
  2. a substitute or replacement
  3. [chemistry] (especially in organic chemistry) the replacement of an atom, or group of atoms, in a compound, with another

Specialised definition of the noun substitution

Glossary of sports

the replacement of someone or something with another, especially one team member with another on the field (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

exchange of players during a competition according to the competition regulations of the respective sport discipline. One differentiates between a "flying substitution", i.e. an exchange without interruption of the game (e.g. in ice-hockey), and a substitution during a game interruption (e.g. in soccer) (substituting). (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / handball

term for the change of position of two or more players by means of running paths towards or through the opponent's defense, with the intention of gaining a favourable position for a throw on the goal. One differentiates between outside and inside change, depending on whether the change is initiated from the sidelines or from the middle of the playing field. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / hockey / ice hockey

occurs when a player comes off the bench to replace a player coming out of the game; can be made at any time and play does not need to stop

Glossary of sports / soccer

replacement of one player on the field with another player not on the field; FIFA rules allow only 3 substitutions per game


  1. Substitution: In team sports, substitution is replacing one player with another during a match. Substitute players that are not in the starting lineup reside on the bench and are available to substitute for a starter.
    • also known as Substitute player
  2. Substitution: In legal terms, the Right of Substitution is a statutory right of all parties except the State. It is the right to change the presiding court official with or without cause.
  3. Substitution: In English poetry substitution, also known as inversion, is the use of an alien metric foot in a line of otherwise regular metrical pattern. For instance in an iambic line of "da DUM", a trochaic substitution would introduce a foot of "DUM da".
  4. Substitution is a single by indie rock band Silversun Pickups, and is the second single from their second album, Swoon. Since its release, the song has reached number 17 and debuted at number 35 on Billboard Alternative Songs chart. It has also charted on Billboard's Rock Songs at number 26.
  5. Substitution: In theatre, substitution refers to the method of understanding elements in the life of one's character by comparing them to elements in one's own life. For example, if an actor is portraying a character who is being blackmailed, he or she could think back to some embarrassing or private fact about his or her own life, and mentally superimpose that onto the character's secret. This is associated with the realism-driven representational acting approach.
  6. Substitution: The act of putting one thing or person in the place of another.
  7. Substitution: In algebra, the operation of substitution can be applied in various contexts involving formal objects containing symbols; the operation consists of systematically replacing occurrences of some symbol by a given value.

Phrases with Substitution

Phrases starting with the word Substitution:

  1. Substitution Code
  2. substitution class
  3. Substitution cipher
  4. Substitution reaction
  5. Substitution of attorney

Phrases ending with the word Substitution:

  1. Free substitution
  2. Blood Substitution
  3. Nucleophilic substitution
  4. Electrophilic substitution

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Substitution

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Google previewFreedom of the Self (2010)

Kenosis, Cultural Identity, and Mission at the Crossroads by Jeffrey F. Keuss

Indeed, substitution is a sign of how otherdirected the human being actually is.

Google previewAutomated Deduction -- CADE-23 (2011)

23rd International Conference on Automated Deduction, Wrocław, Poland, July 31 -- August 5, 2011, Proceedings by Nikolaj Bjørner, Viorica Sofronie-Stokkermans

A substitution is a mapping from variables to terms that is sort respecting, that is, maps each variable x...

Google previewGraph Transformations (2004)

Second International Conference, ICGT 2004, Rome, Italy, September 28 - October 1, 2004, Proceedings by Hartmut Ehrig, Gregor Engels, Francesco Parisi-Presicce, Grzegorz Rozenberg

When the relation is a function, which associates a unique word to each letter, the generated substitution is a morphism, when this image is a rational (resp. finite) language, ...

Google previewCombinatory Logic (2011)

Pure, Applied and Typed by Katalin Bimbó

CL contains no variable binding operators, which is one of the best features of CL ; however, substitution is a rule. The combinatory axioms above gave a characterization of applications of combinators to variables only, but of course, we would ...

Google previewRob Milne (2006)

A Tribute to a Pioneering AI Scientist, Entrepreneur, and Mountaineer by Alan Bundy, Sean Wilson

The three main strategies used to create phonological ambiguity are syllable substitution, word substitution and metathesis. Syllable substitution is the strategy to ...

Google previewFormal Languages, Automata and Numeration Systems (2014)

by Michel Rigo

Usually a substitution is a prolongable morphism. A (purely) substitutive word is simply a (pure)...

Google previewOrganic Chemistry, Enhanced Edition (2010)

by William Brown, Christopher Foote, Brent Iverson, Eric Anslyn

Nucleophilic substitution refers to any reaction in which an electron-rich nucleophile (meaning “nucleus loving”) (Nu:) replaces a...

Google previewFinite Mathematics, An Applied Approach (2016)

Mathematics, Mathematics by CTI Reviews

Substitution is a fundamental concept in logic. Substitution is a syntactic transformation on strings of symbols of a formal language.

Google previewFGCS '92 (1992)

Fifth Generation Computer Systems 1992

A substitution is a finite set of the form {vi/ti,...,vn/tn(, where each vj is a variable, each t, is a term distinct from v,, and the variables vi,...,vn are distinct. Each element vi/tj is called a binding for vj. A substitution is applied by simultaneously ...

Google previewElsevier's Dictionary of Information Security (2007)

by G. Manoilov, B. Radichkova

r substitution cipher (a method of hiding text in which plain text letters are replaced by ciphertext letters or symbols) d Ersatzziffer f f chiffre m de substitution r шифр m подстановки substitution cryptography Ersatzkryptografief cryptographiefde ...

Google previewPerl Developer's Dictionary (2002)

by Clinton Pierce

Description The s/// operator is Perl's substitution operator. The pattern is first interpolated as though it were a double-quoted string—scalar variables are expanded, backslash escapes are translated, and so on. Afterward, the pattern is ...

Google previewLouisiana Civil Law Dictionary (2011)

by Gregory W. Rome, Stephan Kinsella

See Heir Instituted heir; Substitution, Prohibited substitution.

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Building and Construction Materials (1990)

by Fred Moavenzadeh

Other-factors- for-material substitution diminishes material use by increasing other inputs into the production process, such as labor, capital and energy. The hand soldering of many electronic components, for example, requires less solder but ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Tourism (2002)

by Jafar Jafari

Substitution typically implies that for a pair of 'things“ {such as x and y) that replace each other, there exists a measure specifying an individual's willingness to interrhange x with y, or a measure giving the degree to which an aggregate { like ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Developing World (2005)

by Thomas M. Leonard

Import substitution has been the dominant vehicle by which industrialization in large developing countries has proceeded. Many countries in Latin America, such as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico, have since the 1940s most ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of International Political Economy: Entries G-O (2001)

by R. J. Barry Jones

Import substitution is a strategy for ECONOMIC GROWTH and development which involves protecting domestic producers from foreign competition by levying TARIFFS and imposing QUOTAS on imports. The idea is to raise the price for ...

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Quotes about Substitution

Outside show is a poor substitution for inner worth. (Aesop)
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Scrabble value of S1U1B3S1T1I1T1U1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 12-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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