Example sentences for: insubstantial

How can you use “insubstantial” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • It discusses why the Government's asserted interest in "preventing [public radio] stations from becoming a privileged outlet for the political and ideological opinions of station owners and managers," 468 U. S., at 396 (internal quotation marks omitted), was insubstantial and thus could not justify the statute's restriction on editorializing.

  • Having declared Wolf insubstantial and impotent, her detractors again reverse course, accusing Gore of relying too heavily on her for guidance and a definition of himself.

  • Even for a Grisham novel, The Street Lawyer is said to be insubstantial, with "an unlikable hero, a slapdash plot and some truly awful prose" (Michiko Kakutani, the New York Times ). Grisham's social commentary is called both worthy and heavy-handed: His "depictions of the poor read like something turned in by a cub reporter" (Deirdre Donahue, USA Today ). The book is expected to sell out its 2.8-million-copy first run.

  • An article explains why Clinton's much-ballyhooed race initiative is so insubstantial: The poll-driven president was too scared of voter backlash to risk endorsing affirmative action or criticizing police racism.

  • "His characters are only insubstantial shadows on a screen and Timeline is not a novel, but a shooting script" (Richard Dyer, the Boston Globe ). (Crichton's official site includes an excerpt from the book.)


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