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substantive crime


Legal Definition of substantive crime

  1. :  a crime that does not have as an element the performance of some other crime :  a crime that is not dependent on another indicted and convicted of conspiracy to attempt to enter the bank and the substantive crime of attempting to enter the bank — United States v. Clay, 495 F.2d 700 (1974) —called also substantive offense — compare accessory, conspiracy

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to criticize severely

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