substantive right

noun

Definition of substantive right 

: a right (as of life, liberty, property, or reputation) held to exist for its own sake and to constitute part of the normal legal order of society

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Unions argue that mandatory arbitration requires workers to renounce their substantive rights under federal law, but class actions are a procedural mechanism. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Arbitration Is Back at the Supreme Court," 1 Oct. 2017

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1939, in the meaning defined above

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substantive right

noun

Legal Definition of substantive right 

: a right arising from substantive law

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