insubstantial


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in·sub·stan·tial

 (ĭn′səb-stăn′shəl)
adj.
1. Not firm or solid; weak or flimsy: a shed made of insubstantial materials.
2. Very small or negligible, as in importance, size, or amount: an insubstantial volume of traffic.
3. Lacking or appearing to lack substance or reality: "the insubstantial vapor of an autumn field" (Loren Eiseley).

in′sub·stan′ti·al′i·ty (-shē-ăl′ĭ-tē) n.

insubstantial

(ˌɪnsəbˈstænʃəl)
adj
1. not substantial; flimsy, tenuous, or slight
2. imaginary; unreal
ˌinsubˌstantiˈality n
ˌinsubˈstantially adv

in•sub•stan•tial

(ˌɪn səbˈstæn ʃəl)

adj.
1. not substantial or real; lacking substance.
2. not solid or firm; weak; flimsy.
3. not substantial in amount or size; inconsiderable.
[1600–10; < Late Latin]
in`sub•stan`ti•al′i•ty, n.
in`sub•stan′tial•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.insubstantial - lacking material form or substanceinsubstantial - lacking material form or substance; unreal; "as insubstantial as a dream"; "an insubstantial mirage on the horizon"
nonmaterial, immaterial - not consisting of matter; "immaterial apparitions"; "ghosts and other immaterial entities"
substantial, material, real - having substance or capable of being treated as fact; not imaginary; "the substantial world"; "a mere dream, neither substantial nor practical"; "most ponderous and substantial things"- Shakespeare
2.insubstantial - lacking in nutritive value; "the jejune diets of the very poor"
unwholesome - detrimental to physical or moral well-being; "unwholesome food"; "unwholesome habits like smoking"

insubstantial

adjective
1. flimsy, thin, weak, slight, frail, feeble, tenuous Her limbs were insubstantial, almost transparent.
flimsy strong, solid, substantial, firm, weighty
2. imaginary, unreal, fanciful, immaterial, ephemeral, illusory, incorporeal, chimerical Their thoughts seemed as insubstantial as smoke.

insubstantial

adjective
2. Having little substance or significance; not solidly based:
Translations

insubstantial

[ˌɪnsəbˈstænʃəl] ADJ (gen) → insustancial; [meal] → poco sustancioso

insubstantial

[ˌɪnsəbˈstænʃəl] adj [amount, sum] → négligeable; [evidence] → pas concluant(e)
The evidence against her was insubstantial → Les preuves réunies contre elle n'étaient pas concluantes.
a not insubstantial amount of money → une somme plutôt rondelette

insubstantial

adjwenig substanziell or substantiell; fear, hopes, accusation, rumourgegenstandslos; argumenthaltlos; amountgering(fügig); meal, plot, evidencedürftig

insubstantial

[ˌɪnsəbˈstænʃl] adj (structure) → poco solido/a; (evidence) → inconsistente; (vision) → irreale
References in classic literature ?
So feeble and insubstantial did he feel himself that he repeated the word aloud.
All things had turned to ghosts; the whole mass of the world was insubstantial vapor, surrounding the solitary spark in his mind, whose burning point he could remember, for it burnt no more.
It was worse when it began to be clothed upon with detestable attributes; and out of the shifting, insubstantial mists that had so long baffled his eye, there leaped up the sudden, definite presentment of a fiend.
Zeena herself, from an oppressive reality, had faded into an insubstantial shade.
The main issue is whether the vacation voucher benefit is considered insubstantial or substantial.
Not that "The Gin Game" is as insubstantial as the contents of that directory.
Despite being low-key and somewhat insubstantial, this quirky comedy earns a whole lot of points thanks to Frank Langella's bravura performance and the sly, subversive wit that lurks just below the surface.
It will offer various substantial and insubstantial benefits to the company, business community and Bahrain.
It's that tax known as the licence fee, which pays him his not insubstantial whack.
They reminded the IRS that such organizations must lose their tax exemptions if they engage in "more than an insubstantial amount of any nonsocial welfare activity.
The council tax rises in North Tyneside and Northumberland are not insubstantial at a time when households are feeling the pinch already.
However, this will be delayed and insubstantial for us.