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.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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