Definition of insubstantial in English:

insubstantial

Line breaks: in|sub¦stan|tial
Pronunciation: /ɪnsəbˈstanʃ(ə)l
 
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adjective

Derivatives

insubstantiality

Pronunciation: /-ʃɪˈalɪti/
noun
More example sentences
  • In spite of the insubstantiality of the materials that Feher uses, his work reveals an underlying muscularity; it's getting pumped up and starting to shoulder itself around.
  • Mill proposed the insubstantiality of the dreamlike future and also that our feeling for the past may be based upon a cosmic joke, a delusion of the dreaming senses.
  • This vagueness and insubstantiality is bound up with the director's artistic-intellectual outlook and methods.

insubstantially

adverb
More example sentences
  • That makes him insubstantially sunny, I suppose.
  • How their pale Swedish arms, like sea-polyps, swayed and wavered insubstantially in the northern air!
  • ‘I will go, give me the order’, and Dilger galloped ahead, contributing not insubstantially to the throwing back of the enemy.

Origin

early 17th century: from late Latin insubstantialis, from in- 'not' + substantialis (see substantial).

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