sub·stan·tive /'səb-stən-tiv/ adj
1: of or relating to a matter of substance as opposed to form or procedure
a substantive issue
the substantive instructions to the jury
was dismissed on procedural and substantive grounds compare procedural
2: affecting rights, duties, or causes of actions
a substantive statutory change
a substantive rule of law
3: existing in its own right; specif: of or relating to a substantive crime
the object of a RICO conspiracy is to violate a substantive RICO provisionUnited States v. Elliot, 571 F.2d 880 (1978)

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective actual, appreciable, basic, concrete, considerable, constituent, elemental, essential, existent, existing, fundamental, important, independent, main, material, not subordinate, objective, palpable, positive, primary, principal, real, requisite, separate, solid, substantial, tangible, underlying, vital associated concepts: substantive law, substantive right, substantive statute of limitations II index actual, appreciable, cardinal (basic), concrete, corporeal, de facto, necessary (required), organic, physical, ponderable, solid (sound), substantial, tangible, virtual

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) Related to actual rights or duties rather than rules or procedures.
(2) Based in reality; having some real meaning.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

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  • Substantive — may refer to:In grammar: * a noun substantive, now also called simply noun * a verb substantive, a verb like English be when expressing existence (in contrast to use as a copula)In law: * a matter of substance as opposed to a matter of procedure… …   Wikipedia

  • substantive — [sub′stən tiv, səb stan′tiv] adj. [LME < LL substantivus < L substantia: see SUBSTANCE] 1. existing independently; not dependent upon or subordinate to another 2. of considerable amount or quantity; substantial 3. having a real existence;… …   English World dictionary

  • Substantive — Sub stan*tive, n. [Cf. F. substantif.] (Gram.) A noun or name; the part of speech which designates something that exists, or some object of thought, either material or immaterial; as, the words man, horse, city, goodness, excellence, are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Substantive — Sub stan*tive, v. t. To substantivize. [R.] Cudworth. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • substantive — (adj.) late 15c., standing by itself, from O.Fr. substantif, from L.L. substantivum, neut. of L. substantivus of substance or being, from substantia (see SUBSTANCE (Cf. substance)). The grammatical term (late 14c.) was introduced by the French to …   Etymology dictionary

  • substantive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having a firm basis in reality and so important or meaningful. 2) having a separate and independent existence. 3) (of law) defining rights and duties as opposed to giving the rules by which such things are established. ► NOUN… …   English terms dictionary

  • substantive — I. noun Etymology: Middle English substantif, from Anglo French sustentif, from sustentif, adjective, having or expressing substance, from Late Latin substantivus, from Latin substantia Date: 14th century noun; broadly a word or word group… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • substantive — substantial, substantive Substantial is pronounced with the stress on the second syllable and substantive with the stress on the first syllable or occasionally the second. Both words mean ‘having substance’, but substantial is the word in general …   Modern English usage

  • substantive — I UK [səbˈstæntɪv] / US [ˈsʌbstəntɪv] adjective formal * 1) important or serious, or referring to the most important or serious issues The family appeared at the press conference but made no substantive comments. 2) large in amount, degree, or… …   English dictionary

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