Definition of unsubstantial in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnsəbˈstanʃ(ə)l/


Having little or no solidity, reality, or factual basis: a pretty if unsubstantial cubist composition
More example sentences
  • I think she's like her husband in that she can absorb a lot of information and then come through with very glib unsubstantial notions that don't work.
  • Reality in this world seemed so strange, inconsistent and unsubstantial to him as he felt confusion welling inside him.
  • Absolutely and there was a not unsubstantial minority within the party that felt that this was nothing that the Greens should have accepted and should have agreed to, and they felt betrayed by their leadership.



Pronunciation: /ʌnsəbstanʃɪˈalɪti/
Example sentences
  • The answer is that unsubstantiality does not depend on being manifest or unmanifest, but on the capacity to vanish when divested of existence.
  • Most of the time, my debates of World War 2 will be met with allegations of unsubstantiality.
  • The following stipulation in the record shows the unsubstantiality of that statement just quoted from his opinion.


Example sentences
  • After selection, a series of Tantric rituals takes place in the secrecy of the back chambers of the Kumari palace, and the spirit of Taleju, which had been drifting around unsubstantially, is at last safely housed.
  • The economy generated less than 60,000 jobs in November when the market had been expecting a unsubstantially higher figure of 150,000.
  • Reservations for restaurants and theatres, particularly those in large department stores increased unsubstantially during this period.

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