Legal Definition and Related Resources of Substance

Meaning of Substance

Derived from the Latin phrase sub stare which means to stand under . The essence of a thing as opposed to its form. See Wilson v Wagner, (Tex.Civ.App.)211 S. W.2d 241.

Substance Alternative Definition

(Lat. suh, under, stare, to stand) . That which is essential. It is used in opposition to form. It is a general rule that on any issue it is sufficient to prove the substance of the issue. For example, in a case where the defendant pleaded payment of the principal sum and all interest due, and it appeared in evidence that a gross sum was paid, not amounting to the full interest, but accepted by the plaintiff as full payment, the proof was held to be sufficient. 2 Strange, 690; 1 Phil. Ev. 161. It is also used in the sense of “property.” Cowp. 307.

Synonyms of Substance

(Essential nature), noun

  • actuality
  • backbone
  • basis
  • body
  • content
  • core
  • drift
  • essence
  • essential part
  • force
  • gist
  • heart
  • hypostasis
  • idea
  • import
  • marrow
  • material
  • meaning
  • pith
  • principle
  • purport
  • reality
  • res
  • sense
  • significance
  • signification
  • soul
  • sum
  • tenor
  • vital part

(Material possessions), noun

  • assets
  • capital
  • command of money
  • corpus
  • estate
  • fortune
  • income
  • means
  • money
  • ownership
  • property
  • resources
  • revenue
  • riches
  • treasure
  • wealth
  • wherewithal

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