stato-, stat-, sta-, -static, -stasi, staso-, -stasis, -stasia, -stacy, -stitute, -stitution, -sist

(Latin: standing, to stay, to make firm, fixed; cause to stand, to put, to place, to put in place, to remain in place; to stand still)

substantiate (verb), substantiates; substantiated; substantiating
1. To verify or to prove something by supplying evidence or facts: The officer asked the witness if she had the facts to substantiate the information she was providing about the bank robbery.
2. To make real or actual by providing evidence which proves that something actually exists: The research that the agronomists (soil scientists) did on their trip to the desert will substantiate the theories they were proposing about water conservation and plant growth.
To support with proof or evidence.
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To establish with competent evidence.
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1. A belief in the magical effects of a specific action or ritual; especially, in the likelihood that good or bad luck will result from performing it.
2. Irrational beliefs; irrational and often quasi-religious belief in and reverence for the magical effects of some actions and rituals or the magical powers of some objects.
3. Etymology: via French from Latin superstition; superstes, "standing over (in awe)"; from super, "over, above" plus stare, "to stand".

Defined by some as, "the unreasoning fear of anything founded on the fear of the unreasoning."

1. Of the nature of, characterized by, or proceeding from superstition: superstitious fears.
2. Pertaining to or connected with superstition; superstitious legends.
3. Believing in, full of, or influenced by superstition.

Likely to fear what is unknown; such as, the man who said he wasn't superstitious because he was afraid it might bring him bad luck.


Related word families intertwined with "to place, placing, to put; to add; to stay; to attach" word units: fix-; pon-; prosth-; the-, thes-.