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insubstantiality

Definitions

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  • n. The state or quality of being insubstantial.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Unsubstantiality; unreality.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being insubstantial; unsubstantiality.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. lacking substance or reality
  • n. lack of solid substance and strength

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Examples

  • In this sense, the female form, both the body and the word, is invariably somehow tied to "ugly feelings" because of the supposed 'insubstantiality' of them – which is a point about the Sianne Ngai book that Silliman overlooks.

    Bedtime Reading

  • Another popular recent way of delineating the Aristotelian intuition of the semantic "insubstantiality" of logical expressions appeals to the concept of "pure inferentiality".

    Logical Truth

  • Others (Gómez-Torrente 2002) have proposed that there may be a set of necessary and sufficient conditions, if these are not much related to the idea of semantic "insubstantiality" and are instead pragmatic and suitably vague; for example, many expressions are excluded directly by the condition of wide applicability; and prepositions are presumably excluded by some such implicit condition as "a logical expression must be one whose study is useful for the resolution of significant problems and fallacies in reasoning".

    Logical Truth

  • "insubstantiality", and may be somewhat unsatisfactory for that reason.

    Logical Truth

  • Its apparent insubstantiality encourages the reader to think that maybe anyone could emulate her.

    Readers recommend their favourite books of 2010

  • The scene is shrouded in mist or fog, giving it an aura of hushed insubstantiality.

    Sweetness and Light: Reveling in Simplicity

  • Ironically, it's the very weightlessness and insubstantiality of his dalliances, creepy though they seem, and their ADD nature, that makes them so toxic for him.

    William Bradley: Weinergate's Lasting Impact: The First Big Social Media Political Sex Scandal

  • Perhaps it was the sheer insubstantiality of what he was doing that led Weiner to be so incredibly reckless.

    William Bradley: Weinergate's Lasting Impact: The First Big Social Media Political Sex Scandal

  • At that point, he had hated his job so much, had stopped telling half-truths and finally admitted to Sue Anne that their marriage had become a dead end, that he assumed he was indulging the self-destructiveness his wife and daughter always maintained was the core of his being when he turned over almost everything he had to his nephew to invest in a company whose very name suggested smallness and insubstantiality.

    The New Yorker Stories

  • But being a clown is not just about creating fun; it also means going deeper into the darker parts of life and revealing their insubstantiality.

    Ed and Deb Shapiro: Cirque du Soleil and the Meditating Clown

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