from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Lacking substance or reality. See Synonyms at immaterial.
- adj. Not firm or solid; flimsy.
- adj. Delicate; fine.
- adj. Negligible in size or amount.
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- adj. Lacking substance; not real or strong.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Unsubstantial; not real or strong.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. lacking material form or substance; unreal
- adj. lacking in nutritive value
Is it possible that the fashion industry, long patronized as a realm of the ephemeral and insubstantial, is the real bellwether for future ideas of “ownership” of creative content?
Both start with an idea, something insubstantial, that is transformed into an artifact that can influence the world and other people.
That just won't work, particularly when the Democrats aren't very good at battling the Republicans in close combat and the Republicans can make those who stay above the fray seem lightweight and insubstantial, which is what they've managed to do.
The goal for Honda should be to reclaim a place on Consumer Reports' "recommended" list - CR called the new Civic "cheap" and "insubstantial" - and to answer critics who have called the car a "betrayal," as Dan Neil did in The Wall Street Journal.
Cameron's documentary Aliens of the Deep was visually FANTASTIC if kind of insubstantial as a documentary, and yes, it was absolutely improved by 3D.
And I don't even know why someone would use 'insubstantial' in this context.
The commercial broadcaster was deluged with complaints and fans bombarded internet messageboards, many of them criticising presenter Adrian Chiles for his "insubstantial" apology.
I don't think that that falls under the category of "insubstantial" savings.
Clearly he doesn't think these protests were "insubstantial," or he wouldn't feel so threatened by them.
Oh, and there's the small matter of fact that Dem legislation fails utterly to make any serious effort to either reduce costs, improve care or eliminate existing waste - all cornerstones of "insubstantial" Rep proposals.