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1. Not firm or solid; weak or flimsy: a shed made of insubstantial materials.
2. Very small or negligible, as in importance, size, or amount: an insubstantial volume of traffic.
3. Lacking or appearing to lack substance or reality: "the insubstantial vapor of an autumn field" (Loren Eiseley).

in′sub·stan′ti·al′i·ty (-shē-ăl′ĭ-tē) n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.insubstantiality - lack of solid substance and strength
weakness - the property of lacking physical or mental strength; liability to failure under pressure or stress or strain; "his weakness increased as he became older"; "the weakness of the span was overlooked until it collapsed"
2.insubstantiality - lacking substance or reality
incorporeality, immateriality - the quality of not being physical; not consisting of matter
smoke - something with no concrete substance; "his dreams all turned to smoke"; "it was just smoke and mirrors"
substantiality, substantialness, solidness - the quality of being substantial or having substance
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