[in-suh b-stan-shuh l]
- 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.
Origin of insubstantial
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Examples from the Web for insubstantial
His aspect was as insubstantial as fog, dreams, or an expelled breath, and in this he resembled billions of human beings.3 Must-Read Offbeat Novels: ‘A Million Heavens,’ ‘The Investigation,’ ‘Office Girl’
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After a brief market rally on Monday, confidence was snuffed out as traders reckoned the support was insubstantial.Will Greece Leave the Euro Zone?
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Insubstantial novelty has more to do with decadence than any form of innovation.What Was Venus Thinking?
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There were things, vague and insubstantial, which he could not understand.The Shadow
From it rose the towers and high-peaked roofs of the city, insubstantial as a dream.The Path of the King
So feeble and insubstantial did he feel himself that he repeated the word aloud.Night and Day
The beyond is vague and insubstantial, but it is instinct with life and purpose.Nature Mysticism
J. Edward Mercer
Shuddering, insubstantial, but luminously apparent, I stood there before them.Famous Modern Ghost Stories
- not substantial; flimsy, tenuous, or slight
- imaginary; unreal
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Word Origin and History for insubstantial
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