Definition of in substance in English:

in substance


  • Essentially.

    ‘basic rights are equivalent in substance to human rights’
    • ‘Such restrictions cannot however be regarded as equivalent in substance to a prohibition on manufacture and marketing.’
    • ‘This can be illustrated briefly with references to two examples that are very different in substance but identical in principle.’
    • ‘People in various agencies who have reviewed the draft confirmed that it matched the final report in substance.’
    • ‘The certificate was, in substance, an abbreviated mechanism for exercising such supervision.’
    • ‘The distinction between a 2.2 and 2.1 is not, in substance, a difference of a few decimal points.’
    • ‘Many cases are, in substance, decided by the court leadership rather than the panel.’
    • ‘A report was produced by Compass which in substance indicated that IBM's charges were above those of the comparators.’
    • ‘The one argument is it is in substance a transactional tax.’
    • ‘The Court of Appeal held that in substance the money had been used to pay for the improvements and so it was possible to trace the value of the money into those improvements.’
    • ‘Mr Hurst is in substance alleging matters which he raised or could have raised in the first action, in which summary judgment was given against Mr Hurst.’
    fundamentally, primarily, principally, chiefly, essentially, elementally, firstly, predominantly