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Definition 1: lacking material form or substance; unreal - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where insubstantial or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • as insubstantial as a dream
  • an insubstantial mirage on the horizon

Synonyms for insubstantial in the sense of this definition

(insubstantial is similar to ...) characterized by lightness and insubstantiality; as impalpable or intangible as air

"figures light and aeriform come unlooked for and melt away" "aerial fancies" "an airy apparition" "physical rather than ethereal forms"

(insubstantial is similar to ...) lacking in substance

"strange fancies of unreal and shadowy worlds" "dim shadowy forms" "a wraithlike column of smoke"

(insubstantial is similar to ...) lacking in substance or character

"a hollow person"

(insubstantial is similar to ...) consisting of or containing string or strings

(means also ...) not consisting of matter

"immaterial apparitions" "ghosts and other immaterial entities"

(... are attributes of insubstantial) the quality of being substantial or having substance

Definition 2: lacking in nutritive value - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where insubstantial or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an insubstantial and unsatisfying meal

(insubstantial is similar to ...) detrimental to physical or moral well-being

"unwholesome food" "unwholesome habits like smoking"

Definition 3: lacking solidity or strength - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where insubstantial or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a flimsy table
  • flimsy construction
  • vinyl siding has become the standard-bearer for cheap, insubstantial construction

Synonyms for insubstantial in the sense of this definition

(insubstantial is similar to ...) wanting in physical strength

"a weak pillar"

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