insubstantial

adjective in·sub·stan·tial \ ˌin(t)-səb-ˈstan(t)-shəl \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of insubstantial

: not substantial: such as
a : lacking substance or material nature
b : lacking firmness or solidity : flimsy

insubstantiality

play \ˌin(t)-səb-ˌstan(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of insubstantial in a Sentence

  1. Their contribution to the fund was insubstantial.

  2. as insubstantial as a ghost

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Origin and Etymology of insubstantial

probably from French insubstantiel, from Late Latin insubstantialis, from Latin in- + Late Latin substantialis substantial


INSUBSTANTIAL Defined for English Language Learners

insubstantial

adjective

Definition of insubstantial for English Language Learners

  • : not large or important

  • : not strong or solid

  • : not real : not made of a real substance


INSUBSTANTIAL Defined for Kids

insubstantial

adjective in·sub·stan·tial \ ˌin-səb-ˈstan-chəl \

Definition of insubstantial for Students

: not large or important
  • Her contribution was insubstantial.


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