unsubstantial


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un·sub·stan·tial

 (ŭn′səb-stăn′shəl)
adj.
1. Lacking material substance; insubstantial.
2. Lacking firmness or strength; flimsy.
3. Lacking basis in fact.

un′sub·stan′ti·al′i·ty (-shē-ăl′ĭ-tē) n.
un′sub·stan′tial·ly adv.

unsubstantial

(ˌʌnsəbˈstænʃəl)
adj
1. lacking weight, strength, or firmness
2. (esp of an argument) of doubtful validity
3. of no material existence or substance; unreal
ˌunsubˌstantiˈality n
ˌunsubˈstantially adv

un•sub•stan•tial

(ˌʌn səbˈstæn ʃəl)

adj.
1. having no foundation in fact.
2. without material substance.
3. materially paltry.
4. lacking strength or solidity; flimsy.
[1425–75]
un`sub•stan`ti•al′i•ty, n.
un`sub•stan′tial•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unsubstantial - lacking material form or substanceunsubstantial - 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"

unsubstantial

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

unsubstantial

[ˈʌnsəbˈstænʃəl] ADJinsustancial

unsubstantial

adj (= flimsy) structureleicht, dürftig; mealleicht; evidence, proofnicht überzeugend, nicht schlagkräftig; claimungerechtfertigt
References in classic literature ?
She was living in bad society, and imaginary though it was, its influence affected her, for she was feeding heart and fancy on dangerous and unsubstantial food, and was fast brushing the innocent bloom from her nature by a premature acquaintance with the darker side of life, which comes soon enough to all of us.
The flakes came down so thickly that from the sitting-room windows I could not see beyond the windmill-- its frame looked dim and grey, unsubstantial like a shadow.
She appeared to be walking in a dream; or, more truly, the vivid life and reality assumed by her emotions made all outward occurrences unsubstantial, like the teasing phantasms of a half-conscious slumber.
The age had not so much refinement, that any sense of impropriety restrained the wearers of petticoat and farthingale from stepping forth into the public ways, and wedging their not unsubstantial persons, if occasion were, into the throng nearest to the scaffold at an execution.
Or, to choose a wholly unsubstantial instance, purely addressed to the fancy, why, in reading the old fairy tales of Central Europe, does the tall pale man of the Hartz forests, whose changeless pallor unrestingly glides through the green of the groves --why is this phantom more terrible than all the whooping imps of the Blocksburg?
Gimmerton was an unsubstantial name in her ears; the chapel, the only building she had approached or entered, except her own home.
Within a minute afterwards, he was, to all outward appearance, as unsubstantial as ever.
For these reasons I was sorry to go; but for other reasons, unsubstantial enough, I was glad.
And should any one in any case be content that his oath shall go unkept on a merely unsubstantial controversy as to HOW it shall be kept?
This neglect of duty may be disguised under affected but unsubstantial provisions, so as not to appear, and of course not to excite any alarm in the people for the safety of the Constitution.
My imagination was running away with me into a morass of unsubstantial fears.
There are two gates through which these unsubstantial fancies proceed; the one is of horn, and the other ivory.