insubstantial Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"insubstantial" in British English

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insubstantialadjective

uk   us   /ˌɪn.səbˈstæn.ʃəl/ /-ˈstɑːn-/

insubstantial adjective (NOT ENOUGH)

not enough or not ​strong enough: an insubstantial ​meal insubstantial ​evidence

insubstantial adjective (IMAGINARY)

literary not ​existing as a ​physicalperson or thing: She ​seemedsomehow insubstantial - a ​shadow of a woman.
(Definition of insubstantial from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"insubstantial" in American English

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insubstantialadjective

 us   /ˌɪn·səbˈstæn·ʃəl/
of little ​value or ​importance, or not being ​strong, ​solid, or ​large: He was ​popular during the early ​part of the 20th ​century, but today his ​workseemsdated and insubstantial.
(Definition of insubstantial from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “insubstantial”
in Chinese (Simplified) 不够的, 不坚固的,脆弱的…
in Turkish hafif, zayıf, ince…
in Russian легкий, неосновательный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 不夠的, 不堅固的,脆弱的…
in Polish skromny, słaby…
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