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Essence; the material or necessary component of something.

A matter of substance, as distinguished from a matter of form, with respect to pleadings, affidavits, indictments, and other legal instruments, entails the essential sufficiency, validity, or merits of the instrument, as opposed to its method or style.


(Essential nature), noun actuality, 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, command of money, corpus, estate, fortune, income, means, money, ownership, property, resources, revenue, riches, treasure, wealth, wherewithal
See also: amount, article, body, bulk, capsule, center, composition, connotation, consequence, construction, content, contents, contour, cornerstone, corpus, element, essence, gist, gravamen, import, importance, main point, materiality, meaning, money, object, point, possessions, property, purpose, quantity, reality, shape, significance, signification, spirit, structure, sum, value

SUBSTANCE, evidence. That which is essential; it is used in opposition to form.
     2. 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 Str. 690; 1 Phil. Ev. 161.

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Alcohol has also a damaging effect on nerve cells, neuroglia, and white substance (Zoroastrov, 2005; Shormanov and Shormanova, 2005).
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That creates a really nice contrast to the white seagulls that fly around here constantly during and after games, so they show up really well -- and so does, say, any white substance that happens to fall from one of those seagulls.
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According to court documents, when officers approached Tyson's black BMW, they saw him wiping a white substance off the dashboard.
When officers approached Tyson's black BMW, they saw him wiping a white substance off the dashboard, before they found bags of cocaine in Tyson's pocket and in his car.
The victim's body was covered with a white substance later analyzed and identified as hydrated or caustic lime, which is used in mortars and cements, as well as for agricultural purposes.
The white substance turned out to be flour and the flight to Amsterdam left after a five-hour delay.
Sugar, by the way, is not naturally a white substance.
BAFTA officials are racking their brains for an alternative to a red carpet after last year when rain caused a strange white substance to froth up and ruin some of Jimmy Choo's finest creations.