[uhn-suh b-stan-shuh l]
- not substantial; having no foundation in fact; fanciful; insubstantial: an unsubstantial argument; unsubstantial hopes.
- without material substance: an unsubstantial ghost.
- lacking material substance; materially paltry: an unsubstantial dinner of bread and cheese.
- lacking strength or solidity; flimsy: an unsubstantial wall of cardboard.
Origin of unsubstantial
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Examples from the Web for unsubstantial
The level of opposition to the Ryan budget among the bishops is not unsubstantial.Paul Ryan’s Catholic Problem
Deal W. Hudson
August 13, 2012
Within a minute afterwards, he was, to all outward appearance, as unsubstantial as ever.A Tale of Two Cities
Were I a fat man I could not bear it, but I am as unsubstantial as they themselves.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
Scott, in Old Mortality, uses it in the moral sense, "unsubstantial."The Proverbs of Scotland
No darkness of the sky, or concentration of unsubstantial vapour.The Death Shot
That was why the glories were so unsubstantial, and why the dream must end at midnight.A Modern Cinderella
Amanda M. Douglas
- lacking weight, strength, or firmness
- (esp of an argument) of doubtful validity
- of no material existence or substance; unreal
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Word Origin and History for unsubstantial
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