matter of substance

Definition of "matter of substance"
  1. A topic that deals with the main points of a legal case, rather than focusing on its format or less important details
How to use "matter of substance" in a sentence
  1. The defense lawyer spent the majority of the trial focusing on the matter of substance, rather than procedural errors.
  2. Critics argued that the new regulation failed to address the matter of substance and instead got caught up in small details.
  3. In the contract dispute, the judge urged both parties to focus on the matter of substance rather than insignificant clauses.

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