Definition of substantively in English:

substantively

adverb

  • 1In a way that is important, meaningful, or considerable.

    ‘the parties differ substantively on many issues’
    ‘this chapter was never substantively altered’
    • ‘He was forced to substantively change the film on the fly.’
    • ‘There are two substantively different approaches for studying this issue.’
    • ‘Department officials have refused to justify their work or substantively defend their biased estimate.’
    • ‘Substantively, this book breaks little new ground (nor, in fairness, does it seem intended to).’
    • ‘The author elaborates upon this thesis in five chapters, and the first two add substantively to the debate.’
  • 2With regard to legal rights and duties.

    ‘the ruling was flawed procedurally and substantively’
    • ‘Thus banks generally insist on substantively registering their mortgages.’
    • ‘He has also submitted that the dismissal was substantively unfair.’
    • ‘In the case of registered land, if the first mortgagee has substantively registered his charge then the second mortgagee can similarly register his.’
    • ‘He has been permitted to have his application for asylum determined substantively in this country.’
    • ‘The Court is then faced with a choice between postponing the whole sentencing process until forfeiture can be dealt with, or sentencing substantively, so that the defendant knows where he stands, and dealing with financial matters later.’

Pronunciation

substantively

/səbˈstantɪvli/