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Definitions for unsubstantial
ˌʌn səbˈstæn ʃəlun·sub·stan·tial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. insubstantial, unsubstantial, unrealadjective

    lacking material form or substance; unreal

    "as insubstantial as a dream"; "an insubstantial mirage on the horizon"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Unsubstantialadjective

    Welcome, thou unsubstantial air that I embrace;
    The wretch that thou hast blown unto the worst,
    Owes nothing to thy blasts. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    Darkness now rose,
    As daylight sunk, and brought in low’ring night,
    Her shadowy offspring, unsubstantial both,
    Privation mere of light and absent day. John Milton.

    If such empty, unsubstantial beings may be ever made use of on this occasion, there were never any more nicely imagined and employed. Addison.


  1. unsubstantial

    Unsubstantial generally refers to something that lacks solidity, reality, strength, or substantialness. It could mean something that is not strong, tangible, significant or solid enough, or something that lacks weight, depth, compelling evidence or credibility. This term can be applied to intangible things, like arguments or rumors, or to tangible things, like objects or materials.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unsubstantialadjective

    lacking in matter or substance; visionary; chimerical

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unsubstantial

    un-sub-stan′shal, adj. not substantial, not real, not solid or strong.—v.t. Unsubstan′tialise.—ns. Unsubstantial′ity; Unsubstantiā′tion.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unsubstantial in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unsubstantial in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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