Definition of consubstantial in English:


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  • 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’.’
    • ‘‘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?’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Newton and Locke, on the other hand, leant towards the anti-Trinitarian heresy of Arius of Alexandria that denied Christ and God were consubstantial.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This system works with patterns that connect particular human groups with particular non-human species, generating interspecies consubstantial kindreds.’
    • ‘Effective physician-patient communication is consubstantial to high-quality health care and to patient well-being.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Among these patterns are those that cross-cut human and other species, creating the consubstantial kindreds known as totemic groups.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘The earliest experts to promote tea culture were monks, thus ‘Tea and Zen are consubstantial,’ Xu said.’
    • ‘Performing and remembering are consubstantial in this text.’
    • ‘The descent into the Etruscan tombs must have let him feel he was commingling with his father, father and son consubstantial.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, it remains that these domains are fundamentally consubstantial and coextensive.’
    • ‘The consubstantial kindreds known as totemic groups include both human and non-human kin.’



/ˌkänsəbˈstan(t)SH(ə)l/ /ˌkɑnsəbˈstæn(t)ʃ(ə)l/


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