unsubstantial

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

Definition of unsubstantial

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

unsubstantiality

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unsubstantially

play \ˌən-səb-ˈstan(t)-sh(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of unsubstantial in a Sentence

  1. as thin and unsubstantial as the wind

  2. an unsubstantial child who was unfit to play sports of any kind

15th Century

First Known Use of unsubstantial

15th century


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