substantive right

a right, as life, liberty, or property, recognized for its own sake and as part of the natural legal order of society.

1935–40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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The substantive right of tenure is that the discharge must be for some good reason.
The statute does not give claimants any substantive right to representation by an attorney.
It ensures that the party before the court has a substantive right to enforce the claim that is being made in the litigation.
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