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insubstantial

adjective in·sub·stan·tial \ˌin(t)-səb-ˈstan(t)-shəl\

: not large or important

: not strong or solid

: not real : not made of a real substance

Full Definition of INSUBSTANTIAL

:  not substantial: as
a :  lacking substance or material nature
b :  lacking firmness or solidity :  flimsy
in·sub·stan·ti·al·i·ty \-ˌstan(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of INSUBSTANTIAL

  1. Their contribution to the fund was insubstantial.
  2. as insubstantial as a ghost

Origin of INSUBSTANTIAL

probably from French insubstantiel, from Late Latin insubstantialis, from Latin in- + Late Latin substantialis substantial
First Known Use: 1607

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