unsubstantial

adjective
un·sub·stan·tial | \ ˌən-səb-ˈstan(t)-shəl \

Definition of unsubstantial 

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

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unsubstantiality \ˌən-səb-ˌstan(t)-shē-ˈa-lə-tē \ noun
unsubstantially \ˌən-səb-ˈstan(t)-sh(ə-)lē \ 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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Fredenberger says that even the language in the agreement is unsubstantial and vague. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, "For 'accidental Americans,' the hidden costs prove taxing," 4 May 2018 Uniqlo’s AIRism briefs were extraordinarily lightweight, but the barely-there style might feel too unsubstantial. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "The Best Men’s Underwear for Your Budget: We Tested 45 Kinds," 6 Mar. 2018 Southerners will find an excuse to monogram just about anything, even items as small or unsubstantial as napkins or house slippers. Mary Shannon Wells, Southern Living, "How to Monogram with a Double Name," 24 Jan. 2018 The recent content of ADN is thin and unsubstantial. Alaska Dispatch News, "Readers write: Letters to the editor, October 18, 2017," 18 Oct. 2017 As unsubstantial as something like a sports championship might seem, people in Cleveland really did seem happier. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland.com, "Do you believe the talk of the Cleveland comeback? Talk it out," 31 Aug. 2017 But if the lyrics are an indulgent sticky spoonful of cherry pie filling, the synthy dance pop underpinning is the aural equivalent of a rice cake: fluffy, unsubstantial and ultimately unsatisfying. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "There's too much artificial sweetener in Katy Perry's 'Bon Appetit'," 28 Apr. 2017 Writing unsubstantial, provocative tweets while simultaneously overseeing the significant process of choosing a director for the F.B.I., there is a growing move to hold Trump to account. Isobel Thompson, The Hive, "Donald Trump Keeps Making the Comey Fiasco Worse," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of unsubstantial

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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