unsubstantial

adjective
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

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Other Words from unsubstantial

unsubstantiality \ ˌən-​səb-​ˌstan(t)-​shē-​ˈa-​lə-​tē How to pronounce unsubstantiality (audio) \ noun
unsubstantially \ ˌən-​səb-​ˈstan(t)-​sh(ə-​)lē How to pronounce unsubstantially (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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As a result, the benefits of meditation have, in many cases, been overblown thanks to headlines harping on awesome-sounding but unsubstantial studies. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Meditation Can—and Can’t—Do for Your Health," 11 Sep. 2018 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 As a result, the benefits of meditation have, in many cases, been overblown thanks to headlines harping on awesome-sounding but unsubstantial studies. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Meditation Can—and Can’t—Do for Your Health," 11 Sep. 2018 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

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First Known Use of unsubstantial

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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