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Synonyms for unsubstantial

lacking material form or substance

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When thus skimming across a prairie in the autumn, their light gray or dun color blends with the hue of the withered herbage, the swiftness of their motion baffles the eye, and they almost seem unsubstantial forms, driven like gossamer before the wind.
Natalie might have blown the little airy, light-haired, unsubstantial creature over the railings of the garden if she had taken a good long breath and stooped low enough.
Isaac List, with great apparent humility, protested that he had never doubted the credit of a gentleman so notorious for his honourable dealing as Mr Jowl, and that he had hinted at the production of the box, not for the satisfaction of his doubts, for he could have none, but with a view to being regaled with a sight of so much wealth, which, though it might be deemed by some but an unsubstantial and visionary pleasure, was to one in his circumstances a source of extreme delight, only to be surpassed by its safe depository in his own personal pockets.
She was living in bad society, and imaginary though it was, its influence affected her, for she was feeding heart and fancy on dangerous and unsubstantial food, and was fast brushing the innocent bloom from her nature by a premature acquaintance with the darker side of life, which comes soon enough to all of us.
She appeared to be walking in a dream; or, more truly, the vivid life and reality assumed by her emotions made all outward occurrences unsubstantial, like the teasing phantasms of a half-conscious slumber.
There are two gates through which these unsubstantial fancies proceed; the one is of horn, and the other ivory.
No sooner had their hearts glowed with real passion than they were sensible of something vague and unsubstantial in their former pleasures, and felt a dreary presentiment of inevitable change.
There are so many unsubstantial sorrows which the necessity of our mortal state begets on idleness, that an observer, casting aside sentiment, is sometimes led to question whether there be any real woe, except absolute physical suffering and the loss of closest friends.
She further accused Ms Mochache of convicting her "by taking into account irrelevant and extraneous matters, unsubstantial personal insinuations, assumptions, presumptuous theories, analysis and speculative conclusions that were never supported by evidence or testified upon by any witnesses nor canvassed by the prosecution during submission or noted by the court during trial".
Invariably these guns--even the lesser of them requiring a not unsubstantial investment--were decorated with engraving and a good number were cased with accessories.
The 'unnecessary fear and panic, largely brought about by the imprudent language and unsubstantial accusations by persons whose qualifications to render any expert opinion on the matter are questionable at best, have caused many parents to resist having their children avail of life saving vaccines that our government gives,' the doctors asserted.
The mantra of 'do-more', unsubstantial accusations, and above all intimidations frustrate Pakistanis.
His innings here was Vince-like - 24 from 24 balls with four glorious boundaries and a tame nick behind - and his series has been too, with two promising half-centuries for an average in the unsubstantial upper twenties.
He said: "This is not an unsubstantial amount but we can bid for more for the town.