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What is the opposite of substance?

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Noun
Opposite of the real physical matter of which a person or thing consists and which has a tangible, solid presence
Noun
Opposite of the subject matter of a text, speech, or work of art
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Opposite of wealth and possessions
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Opposite of the central aspect of something an argument or consideration
“As a sidenote, I want to mention that this is no contradiction to McLuhan's famous statement.”
Noun
Opposite of the meaning of something
“We scream at how senseless the violence seems, and the meaninglessness of the tragedy.”
Noun
Opposite of possession of a similar meaning through paraphrasing
“He was accused of saying some vile things but a recording proved his words to have actually been to the contrary.”
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(chemistry) Opposite of a substance in the fundamental state of matter that retains its size and shape without the need of a container
“The process of sublimation is when a solid turns into a gas.”
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Opposite of an abundance of valuable possessions or money
“The tattered clothes of the majority of shoeless, rural and urban poor are outward signs of the poverty they endure.”
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Opposite of material wealth
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(of something or an event) Opposite of the quality of being significant or noteworthy
“The insignificance of your gesture suggests you have plenty of work to do to repair the relationship between our great nations.”
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Opposite of the nature or essence of a person
“His body can no longer endure the rigors of this brutal sport.”
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Opposite of the principal purpose or theme of a course of action or line of reasoning
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Opposite of the effect something is likely to have on other things
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Opposite of the vital part or essence of something
“Welfare is no longer an auxiliary to the ongoing economic life of the people but has become almost their total economic existence.”
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Opposite of the principal aspect or dimension of something
“We have concentrated only on the periphery of the problem, and perhaps even tried to eliminate some of the symptoms, but the interference problem is still there.”
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Opposite of a specific meaning
“Even more interestingly for consideration of this text's structure, Ames stresses the particular quality of this phrase's polysemy.”
Noun
Opposite of the material dealt with in a speech, performance or work
“By way of digression and as an aside, here's a little anecdote from education.”
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Opposite of the quality of being logically or factually sound
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Opposite of the main theme or gist of a speech, book, or argument
“A major subtheme of the book is the feud between Generals Philip Schuyler and Horatio Gates.”
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Opposite of the fullness or thickness of a person's hair
“He had become self-conscious about the thinness of his hair, so he teased and lacquered it with hair spray.”
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Opposite of substance that is dissolved
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Opposite of the state of actuality or fact
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Opposite of the state or fact of being real or existing
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Opposite of the way in which things exist in real life
“The unreality of perpetually putting on a public face and concealing personal suffering have clearly taken their toll.”
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Opposite of something which has been proven to be real
“There still appears to be some conjecture over whether evolution is fact or just a theory.”
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Opposite of the state or quality of having a great weight
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(usually in plural form "assets") Opposite of the total value or worth of one's money and property
“His liabilities have grown substantially over the last few years following an accumulation of debt.”
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