Definition of consubstantial in English:



  • Of the same substance or essence (used especially of the three persons of the Trinity in Christian theology)

    ‘Christ is consubstantial with the Father’
    • ‘Thus, the rhetor ‘is both joined and separate, at once a distinct substance and consubstantial with another’.’
    • ‘In the wake of institutional approaches, it is the consubstantial interdependence between theory and reality that researchers seek to assess that is at the heart of the innovative milieus approach.’
    • ‘Could there be a more humbling realization than that one is consubstantial with one's enemy, or that one is indebted to one's enemy?’
    • ‘To utilize power in the corruption of life is to deem oneself a demigod, to remove oneself from the nurturing fluids of consubstantial human interaction.’
    • ‘The descent into the Etruscan tombs must have let him feel he was commingling with his father, father and son consubstantial.’
    • ‘Presumably, this is because rhythm is an aspect of becoming, because it marks the in-between and connects heterogeneities, not because it is consubstantial with the homogeneous space-time of a territory.’
    • ‘Newton and Locke, on the other hand, leant towards the anti-Trinitarian heresy of Arius of Alexandria that denied Christ and God were consubstantial.’
    • ‘‘Will you then,’ he addresses his opponents, ‘give up your contention against the Spirit, that He must be altogether begotten, or else cannot be consubstantial, or God?’’
    • ‘Effective physician-patient communication is consubstantial to high-quality health care and to patient well-being.’
    • ‘He referred not so much to architectural form as to dedication of three altars in one church as symbolising the three persons in the consubstantial unity of God.’
    • ‘Performing and remembering are consubstantial in this text.’
    • ‘The consubstantial kindreds known as totemic groups include both human and non-human kin.’
    • ‘The pragmatic differentiation between classificatory, potential and actual affines is undertaken in accordance with the proscriptive principles described above, and is framed within a consubstantial conception of relatedness.’
    • ‘This system works with patterns that connect particular human groups with particular non-human species, generating interspecies consubstantial kindreds.’
    • ‘They both based the production of their wide-ranging sociological surveys on the notion that cultural process, forms of power and disciplines of corporeality are consubstantial phenomena.’
    • ‘The earliest experts to promote tea culture were monks, thus ‘Tea and Zen are consubstantial,’ Xu said.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, it remains that these domains are fundamentally consubstantial and coextensive.’
    • ‘Among these patterns are those that cross-cut human and other species, creating the consubstantial kindreds known as totemic groups.’
    • ‘The Word was with God, that is, in the unique equality of the divine; for this Word that is with God is equal to him in divinity, since the Word that is in God is inseparable from God and consubstantial with him.’
    • ‘Basically, the tactics of appeal play with the idea of an identity of contexts, which induces an identity of the subjects themselves within the contexts and, indeed, renders them consubstantial.’


Late Middle English: from ecclesiastical Latin consubstantialis (translating Greek homoousios ‘of one substance’), from con- ‘with’ + substantialis (see substantial).