substantive law

noun

Legal Definition of substantive law

: law that creates or defines rights, duties, obligations, and causes of action that can be enforced by law — compare adjective law, procedural law

Note: There are restrictions on applying new substantive law (as statutory or case law) retroactively.

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“Substantive law.” Merriam-Webster.com Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/legal/substantive%20law. Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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