Definition of substitution in English:



  • [mass noun] The action of replacing someone or something with another person or thing.

    ‘the substitution of rail services with buses’
    [count noun] ‘a tactical substitution’
    • ‘The Attorney General opposed the motion for substitution on procedural grounds.’
    • ‘He made the type of telling substitution that he has employed to effect.’
    • ‘There is no other member of the club who can currently replace him, and that showed after his substitution.’
    • ‘In an act of substitution he replaces barren dryness with his fertile fluidity.’
    • ‘The principle is to consider the field of rivalry in terms of the potential for substitution in the long term.’
    • ‘He argues that this disjuncture comes from time's infinite capacity for substitution.’
    • ‘Those who do not speak an Indian language may not be blamed for this arbitrary vowel substitution.’
    • ‘A jar of dried basil or even a basil plant would be a more appropriate substitution than coriander.’
    • ‘Think of what the country could have been spared had that substitution not taken place.’
    • ‘The substitution of an allegedly objective, measurable indicator can be appealing.’
    • ‘There are concerns about bench-marking and substitution and a whole lot of issues.’
    • ‘We are fast abandoning our cultural and religious values in substitution for western ideals.’
    • ‘The adoption of class and therapeutic substitution are customer responses to poor perceived value.’
    • ‘At the same time, he raises the issue of substitution and exchange in a social and economic sphere.’
    • ‘However, that substitution was no reflection on the efforts of Preston who had been having a steady game.’
    • ‘Crop substitution and improved market access are essential in the next few years.’
    • ‘It is too late for crop substitution with this one because they are about to harvest it.’
    • ‘The substitution of one person for another ranges from the literal to the abstract.’
    • ‘He rejects penal substitution because he thinks that God is love, and a loving God would never seek retribution.’
    • ‘If substitution is called for, then we should face up to that, and not pretend that we are delivering the original thing.’
    exchange, change, interchange
    replacement, replacing, swapping, switching
    swap, switch, trade-off, barter
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