form and substance

form and substance

structure and meaningful content. The first act of the play was one screaming match after another. It lacked form and substance throughout. Jane's report was good. The teacher commented on the excellent form and substance of the paper.
See also: and, form, substance
References in classic literature ?
A certain influence of mathematics both on the form and substance of their philosophy is discernible in both of them.
The Karns court stated that Erickson Post was materially distinguishable, because the transaction in that case was a loan in both form and substance.
An Argument for a Mere Distinction of Reason between Substantial Form and Substance.
Because the arrangement was an option in form and substance, Freddie Mac had properly deferred including the commitment fees in gross income until the date the options were exercised or lapsed; see Old Harbor Native Corp.
According to the court's analysis, risk shifting must be present in both form and substance.
Under the Tax Court's "pooling" concept, an insurance relationship exists if the captive insures a substantial amount of unrelated risk and the transaction in both form and substance is insurance.