insubstantial

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

Definition of insubstantial

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

insubstantiality

play \-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

Origin and Etymology of insubstantial

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


First Known Use: 1607


INSUBSTANTIAL Defined for English Language Learners

insubstantial

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

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

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

Definition of insubstantial for Students

  1. :  not large or important <Her contribution was insubstantial.>



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