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Something that is insubstantial is not large, solid, or strong. ⇒ Mars has an insubstantial atmosphere, consisting almost entirely of carbon dioxide. ⇒ Her limbs were insubstantial, almost transparent.
And as I rounded a bend, a figure had appeared in the road ahead, walking straight towards me: as dark as shadow, and as insubstantial.Pritchard, John NIGHT SISTERSThe wall was alight, or rather something behind it burned with a coldluminescence that made the solid brickseem insubstantial stuff.Clive Barker THE HELLBOUND HEARTA woman - a woman who looked pale and insubstantial , as if drifting in and out of reality.Amanda Hemingway THE GREENSTONE GRAIL: THE SANGREAL TRILOGY ONEHis touch was light, excruciatingly insubstantial ---she wanted more, much more.Stephanie Laurens ALL ABOUT LOVE