Examples of insubstantial in a Sentence
Their contribution to the fund was insubstantial.
as insubstantial as a ghost
Recent Examples of insubstantial from the Web
The drought made the already insubstantial dirt weak and powdery, and the piers of the shotgun houses sank into the earth.
Obamacare’s 3.8 percent investment income tax isn’t insubstantial.
Trump’s first 100 days in office has been, like Trump himself, disruptive and insubstantial — making for a troubled executive personality and a dangerous presidential administration.
The movie reduces its fear factor to simple suspense that’s not insignificant but is pretty insubstantial.
Today, the discrimination is softer but not insubstantial.
In fact, going into the election, his support was insubstantial among rank-and-file financiers, the many thousands of midtier executives in investment firms and hedge funds who are often the financial spine of a winning presidential campaign.
Kolber was spinning intellectual cotton candy: delicious and immediately gratifying, but insubstantial and fleeting.
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Origin and Etymology of insubstantial
probably from French insubstantiel, from Late Latin insubstantialis, from Latin in- + Late Latin substantialis substantial
First Known Use: 1607See Words from the same year
INSUBSTANTIAL Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of insubstantial for Students
: not large or important Her contribution was insubstantial.
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