insubstantial

insubstantial
I adjective airy, baseless, bodiless, chimerical, ephemeral, fanciful, feeble, flimsy, fragile, frail, groundless, hallucinatory, illusive, illusory, imaginary, imagined, immaterial, impalpable, inadequate, inconsequential, inconsiderable, incorporeal, infirm, insignificant, lacking firmness, lacking substance, lame, made poorly, modest, nonexistent, notional, of no consequence, paltry, petty, picayune, poor, powerless, scant, slender, slight, slim, spectral, superficial, tenuous, thin, trifling, trivial, unbased, unfirm, unfounded, ungrounded, unimportant, unreal, unsolid, unsound, unsubstantial, unsupportable, unsustainable, untenable, vague, visionary, weak, without basis, without foundation, without plausibility, without reality, wobbly, worthless II index circumstantial, collateral (immaterial), deficient, delusive, ill-founded, illusory, immaterial, inadequate, inappreciable, inconsiderable, insipid, intangible, minor, negligible, nonsubstantial (not sufficient), nugatory, null (insignificant), perfunctory, remote (small), superficial, unfounded, unsound (fallacious), void (invalid)

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

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  • Insubstantial — In sub*stan tial, a. Unsubstantial; not real or strong. Insubstantial pageant. [R.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • insubstantial — (adj.) c.1600, from M.L. insubstantialis, from in not (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + substantialis (see SUBSTANTIAL (Cf. substantial)). Related: Insubstantially …   Etymology dictionary

  • insubstantial — has ousted unsubstantial for the word meaning ‘lacking substance or solidity’ …   Modern English usage

  • insubstantial — [adj] weak, imaginary aerial, airy, chimerical, decrepit, ephemeral, false, fanciful, feeble, flimsy, fly by night*, fragile, frail, idle, illusory, immaterial, imponderable, incorporeal, infirm, intangible, metaphysical, petty, poor, puny,… …   New thesaurus

  • insubstantial — ► ADJECTIVE 1) lacking strength and solidity. 2) imaginary. DERIVATIVES insubstantiality noun insubstantially adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • insubstantial — [in΄səb stan′shəl] adj. [ML insubstantialis] not substantial; specif., a) not real; imaginary b) not solid or firm; weak or flimsy insubstantiality [in΄səb stan΄shē al′ə tē] n …   English World dictionary

  • insubstantial — in|sub|stan|tial [ˌınsəbˈstænʃəl] adj 1.) formal not solid, large, strong, or definite ▪ The evidence seemed very insubstantial. ▪ an insubstantial meal ▪ In the distance was the insubstantial outline of a ship. 2.) literary not existing as a… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • insubstantial — adjective 1) an insubstantial structure Syn: flimsy, fragile, breakable, weak, frail, slight, unstable, shaky, wobbly, rickety, ramshackle, jerry built Ant: sturdy 2) …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • insubstantial — [[t]ɪ̱nsəbstæ̱nʃ(ə)l[/t]] ADJ GRADED Something that is insubstantial is not large, solid, or strong. Mars has an insubstantial atmosphere, consisting almost entirely of carbon dioxide... Her limbs were insubstantial, almost transparent …   English dictionary

  • insubstantial — adjective 1 formal something that is insubstantial is much too small or weak and does not look solid enough: a slender rope bridge, terrifyingly insubstantial 2 literary not existing as a real object or person: Pale figures, like insubstantial… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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