insubstantial

[ in-suhb-stan-shuhl ]
/ ˌɪn səbˈstæn ʃəl /

adjective

not substantial or real; lacking substance: an insubstantial world of dreams.
not solid or firm; weak; flimsy.
not substantial in amount or size; inconsiderable: an insubstantial sum.

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Origin of insubstantial

From the Late Latin word insubstantiālis, dating back to 1600–10. See in-3, substantial

OTHER WORDS FROM insubstantial

in·sub·stan·ti·al·i·ty, nounin·sub·stan·tial·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for insubstantial

insubstantial
/ (ˌɪnsəbˈstænʃəl) /

adjective

not substantial; flimsy, tenuous, or slight
imaginary; unreal

Derived forms of insubstantial

insubstantiality, nouninsubstantially, adverb
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