- 1Lacking strength and solidity: the huts are relatively few and insubstantial insubstantial evidenceMore example sentences
flimsy, slight, light, fragile, breakable, weak, frail, shaky, unstable, wobbly, tottery, rickety, ramshackle, makeshift; jerry-built, badly built, thrown together, cheap, shoddy, gimcrackweak, flimsy, feeble, poor, inadequate, insufficient, thin, slight, tenuous, insignificant, inconsequential, unsubstantial, unconvincing, implausible, unsatisfactory, paltry, trifling, trivial, shallow
- Contrariwise, juries may convict where the judicial decision-maker would find the evidence insubstantial.
- It amused me to see the insubstantial evidence you had pieced together as your argument against airguns.
- What has been written is vague and insubstantial.
- 1.1Not having physical existence: the flickering light made her face seem insubstantialMore example sentences
intangible, impalpable, indefinable, indescribable, vague, obscure, unclear, indistinct; untouchable, imperceptible to the touch, unsubstantial, incorporeal; imaginary, imagined, fancied, fanciful, figmental, unreal, non-existent, illusory, illusive, delusive, hallucinatory, phantom, spectral, ghostlike, visionary, chimerical, airy, vaporous
- Her illegitimate position has rendered her wraithlike and insubstantial, almost disembodied.
- We who lived in the suburbs of towns that were themselves anonymous and mediocre were exiles from the city's Real: insubstantial wraiths, resigned to our status as non-beings.
- She becomes daily more insubstantial, her figure wraithlike.
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- 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.
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- 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.
early 17th century: from late Latin insubstantialis, from in- 'not' + substantialis (see substantial).