sub·stan·tive /'səb-stən-tiv/ adj1: of or relating to a matter of substance as opposed to form or procedurea substantive issuethe substantive instructions to the jurywas dismissed on procedural and substantive grounds compare procedural2: affecting rights, duties, or causes of actionsa substantive statutory changea substantive rule of law3: existing in its own right; specif: of or relating to a substantive crimethe object of a RICO conspiracy is to violate a substantive RICO provision — United States v. Elliot, 571 F.2d 880 (1978)
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
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
actual, appreciable, cardinal (basic), concrete, corporeal, de facto, necessary (required), organic, physical, ponderable, solid (sound), substantial, tangible, virtual
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
adj.(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. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008.