Origin of insubstantial
Related formsin·sub·stan·ti·al·i·ty, nounin·sub·stan·tial·ly, adverb
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’|Drew Toal, Kevin Canfield, Daniel Roberts|July 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
After a brief market rally on Monday, confidence was snuffed out as traders reckoned the support was insubstantial.
Insubstantial novelty has more to do with decadence than any form of innovation.
Truly, though shadows are insubstantial things for the greater part, there is one exception.The Real Man|Francis Lynde
They would fade like an insubstantial pageant—or the baseless fabric of a dream.The Philosophy of Natural Theology|William Jackson
From it rose the towers and high-peaked roofs of the city, insubstantial as a dream.The Path of the King|John Buchan
Odd to reflect on—they were the insubstantial but coveted wealth of the woman fallen upon poverty, ignoble poverty!The Amazing Marriage, Complete|George Meredith
Considered in itself, the classic style is always tempted to accept slight, insubstantial commonplaces for its subject materials.The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 1 (of 6)|Hippolyte A. Taine