- 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
Related Words for insubstantialityvulnerability, ailment, fragility, defect, deficiency, shortcoming, affliction, decay, imperfection, malady, feebleness, weakness, delicacy, decrepitude, malaise, frailty, debility, debilitation, fault, failing
Examples from the Web for insubstantiality
Historical Examples of insubstantiality
Her name is Miss Ethel, and she is a ladylike but depressing phenomenon, all made up of nerves and American insubstantiality.The Letters of William James, Vol. 1
Five miles up from their origin, at little more than atmospheric pressure, they made a rising column of insubstantiality.Creatures of the Abyss
This showed to me the real shallowness and insubstantiality of the great world of finance.My Life in Many States and in Foreign Lands
George Francis Train
- not substantial; flimsy, tenuous, or slight
- imaginary; unreal