un·​sub·​stan·​tial | \ ˌən-səb-ˈstan(t)-shəl How to pronounce unsubstantial (audio) \

Definition of unsubstantial

: not substantial : lacking substance, firmness, or strength unsubstantial shadows

Other Words from unsubstantial

unsubstantiality \ ˌən-​səb-​ˌstan(t)-​shē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unsubstantial (audio) \ noun
unsubstantially \ ˌən-​səb-​ˈstan(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce unsubstantial (audio) \ adverb

Examples of unsubstantial in a Sentence

as thin and unsubstantial as the wind an unsubstantial child who was unfit to play sports of any kind
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First Known Use of unsubstantial

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Unsubstantial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unsubstantial. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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