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insubstantial

adjective

1 insubstantial

Lacking material form or substance; unreal:
— As insubstantial as a dream.
— An insubstantial mirage on the horizon.

synonyms: unreal, unsubstantial.

Roget 160: weak, feeble, debile; impotent etc. 158; relaxed, unnerved, etc. v.; sapless, strengthless, powerless; weakly, ... show more

Roget 4: unsubstantial; baseless, groundless; ungrounded; without foundation, having no foundation.    visionary etc. (imaginary) 515; immaterial etc. 137; spectral ... show more

Roget 2: inexistent, nonexistent etc. 1; negative, blank; missing, omitted; absent etc. 187; insubstantial, shadowy, ... show more

Dutch: onstoffelijk



2 insubstantial

Lacking in nutritive value.

3 insubstantial

Lacking solidity or strength:
— Vinyl siding has become the standard-bearer for cheap, insubstantial construction.

synonym: flimsy.


Moby thesaurus: adulterated, airy, asomatous, astral, attenuate, attenuated, bodiless, boyish, brittle, capricious, changeable, chimerical, corruptible, cut, dangerous, decarnate, decarnated, deciduous, decrepit, defalcation ... show more.

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