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Substantive Crime

substantive crime n

: a crime that does not have as an element the performance of some other crime
: a crime that is not dependent on another [indicted and convicted of conspiracy to attempt to enter the bank and the substantive crime of attempting to enter the bank "United States v. Clay, 495 F.2d 700 (1974)"] called also substantive offense compare accessory, conspiracy

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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