One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In a way that is important, meaningful, or considerable.‘the parties differ substantively on many issues’‘this chapter was never substantively altered’
- ‘He was forced to substantively change the film on the fly.’
- ‘Substantively, this book breaks little new ground (nor, in fairness, does it seem intended to).’
- ‘Department officials have refused to justify their work or substantively defend their biased estimate.’
- ‘There are two substantively different approaches for studying this issue.’
- ‘The author elaborates upon this thesis in five chapters, and the first two add substantively to the debate.’
2With regard to legal rights and duties.‘the ruling was flawed procedurally and substantively’
- ‘The Court is then faced with a choice between postponing the whole sentencing process until forfeiture can be dealt with, or sentencing substantively, so that the defendant knows where he stands, and dealing with financial matters later.’
- ‘He has also submitted that the dismissal was substantively unfair.’
- ‘Thus banks generally insist on substantively registering their mortgages.’
- ‘He has been permitted to have his application for asylum determined substantively in this country.’
- ‘In the case of registered land, if the first mortgagee has substantively registered his charge then the second mortgagee can similarly register his.’
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