insubstantial

[in-suhb-stan-shuhl]
adjective
1.
not substantial or real; lacking substance: an insubstantial world of dreams.
2.
not solid or firm; weak; flimsy.
3.
not substantial in amount or size; inconsiderable: an insubstantial sum.

Origin:
1600–10; < Late Latin insubstantiālis. See in-3, substantial

insubstantiality, noun
insubstantially, adverb
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insubstantial (ˌɪnsəbˈstænʃəl)
 
adj
1.  not substantial; flimsy, tenuous, or slight
2.  imaginary; unreal
 
insubstanti'ality
 
n
 
insub'stantially
 
adv

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Example sentences
The only outrage results from your insubstantial argument.
Too many people are tenured in formulaic ways and for insubstantial reasons.
At sunset the pier becomes a work of art, as insubstantial as a barred cloud
  floating on the fiery waves.
Lonely groups of whitewashed houses, looking insubstantial in the heat, melt
  into the landscape.
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