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Word: insubstantial

Definition: lacking substance; insignificant; frail; immaterial


Sentences Containing 'insubstantial'

Because the phonautogram tracing was an insubstantial two-dimensional line, direct physical playback was impossible in any case.
In its dispersed, rarefied state, qi is invisible and insubstantial, but when it condenses it becomes a solid or liquid and takes on new properties.
Reflecting on the lingering antisemitism of about in five Americans, Abraham H. Foxman, ADL national director, has argued, "It is disturbing that with all of the strides we have made in becoming a more tolerant society, anti-Semitic beliefs continue to hold a vice-grip on a small but not insubstantial segment of the American public."
Reviews of the 2012 Civic have been generally lackluster, with many reviewers citing the car's cheap interior materials, along with worsened driving dynamics and insubstantial exterior styling changes from the previous generation, as drawbacks.
The breeding season of this species is from May to January, with a single egg being laid on an insubstantial twig nest.
The reason for many was that they believed that Action painting was too personal and insubstantial, and they adopted the point of view that a work of art should not refer to anything other than itself.

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