Definitions

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  • adjective That does not sustain.

Etymologies

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un- +‎ sustaining

Examples

  • The people who donate to Sarah Palin are the same people who buy cotton candy at the circus; sure it's pretty and sweet, but ultimately unsustaining and without substance.

    Palin PAC raises $730K in six months

  • But desolation and death, no matter how likely, offer unsustaining subject matter for an extended programme of fiction.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • At large in the unsustaining air, flew clear over the lawn across the breadth of the garden and fell, Icarian, dazed, among hollyhocks, snapdragons, love-in-a-mist, and stood up uninjured, ready to swing and fly over and over.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • But desolation and death, no matter how likely, offer unsustaining subject matter for an extended programme of fiction.

    Antiquarian Weird Tales: Fantasy Review Vol. 1 No 4 Aug-Sep 1947

  • At large in the unsustaining air, flew clear over the lawn across the breadth of the garden and fell, Icarian, dazed, among hollyhocks, snapdragons, love-in-a-mist, and stood up uninjured, ready to swing and fly over and over.

    The WritingYA Weblog: We Interrupt This Packing To Say: POETRY FRIDAY

  • His lungs dilated and sank as if he were inhaling a warm moist unsustaining air and he smelt again the moist warm air which hung in the bath in Clongowes above the sluggish turf-coloured water.

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • His lungs dilated and sank as if he were inhaling a warm moist unsustaining air and he smelt again the moist warm air which hung in the bath in Clongowes above the sluggish turf-coloured water.

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • His lungs dilated and sank as if he were inhaling a warm moist unsustaining air and he smelt again the moist warm air which hung in the bath in Clongowes above the sluggish turf-coloured water.

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

  • I shall then proceed to a fresh sole, and with the pea-soup I will finish a not unsustaining meal. '

    The Magician

  • His lungs dilated and sank as if he were inhaling a warm moist unsustaining air and he smelt again the moist warm air which hung in the bath in Clongowes above the sluggish turf-coloured water.

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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