Unsubstantial Un`sub*stan"tial, a. Lacking in matter or substance; visionary; chimerical. [1913 Webster]

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  • unsubstantial — mid 15c., from UN (Cf. un ) (1) “not” + SUBSTANTIAL (Cf. substantial) …   Etymology dictionary

  • unsubstantial — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having little or no solidity, reality, or factual basis …   English terms dictionary

  • unsubstantial — [un΄səb stan′shəl] adj. not substantial; specif., a) having no material substance b) not solid or heavy; flimsy; light c) unreal; visionary unsubstantiality [un΄səbstan΄shē al′ə tē] n. unsubstantially adv …   English World dictionary

  • unsubstantial — unsubstantiality, n. unsubstantially, adv. /un seuhb stan sheuhl/, adj. 1. not substantial; having no foundation in fact; fanciful; insubstantial: an unsubstantial argument; unsubstantial hopes. 2. without material substance: an unsubstantial… …   Universalium

  • unsubstantial — adjective Date: 15th century not substantial ; lacking substance, firmness, or strength < unsubstantial shadows > • unsubstantiality noun • unsubstantially adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • unsubstantial — I (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Flimsy] Syn. fragile, frail, thin; see light 5 . 2. [Unreal] Syn. visionary, vaporous, imaginary; see fantastic 1 , unbelievable . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Having no body, form, or substance . bodiless,… …   English dictionary for students

  • unsubstantial — adj. not solid, not concrete, lacking a foundation; flimsy, weak …   English contemporary dictionary

  • unsubstantial — adjective having little or no solidity, reality, or factual basis. Derivatives unsubstantiality noun unsubstantially adverb …   English new terms dictionary

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