narrow-minded or illiberal; provincial: insular attitudes toward foreigners.
of or relating to an island or islands: a nation's insular possessions.
dwelling or situated on an island.
forming an island: insular rocks.
of, relating to, or characteristic of islanders or isolated people: insular tribes;insular sects.
Pathology. occurring in or characterized by one or more isolated spots, patches, or the like.
Anatomy. pertaining to an island of cells or tissue, as the islets of Langerhans.
an inhabitant of an island; islander.
- in·su·lar·ism, noun
- in·su·lar·i·ty [in-suh-lar-i-tee, ins-yuh-] /ˌɪn sə ˈlær ɪ ti, ˈɪns yə-/ noun
- in·su·lar·ly, adverb
- in·ter·in·su·lar, adjective
- trans·in·su·lar, adjective
- un·in·su·lar, adjective
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How to use insular in a sentence
Even if the judiciary’s leaders say they can police themselves, Minor said in the brief, the insular culture of the judiciary prohibits that.Comments on body parts. Questions about pregnancy. Court filing alleges ongoing harassment in judiciary. | Ann Marimow | August 26, 2021 | Washington Post
Stories set in the Ivory Tower are often understood to be insular and low-stakes, with little to offer anyone who doesn’t possess a postgraduate degree.Netflix’s Sharp Satire The Chair Throws Sandra Oh Into the Politicized Powder Keg of Higher Ed | Judy Berman | August 19, 2021 | Time
They were a closed insular class but they were nonetheless connected to the world around them.What America's Plutocrats Today Should Learn From Past Generations | Zachary Karabell | June 9, 2021 | Time
Yet the insular worlds of think-tanks and academia have the potential to be echo chambers, as does the human rights community that includes HRW.A Major Rights Group Says Israel Is Guilty of Apartheid. It Might Fracture the Status Quo in Washington | H.A. Hellyer | April 29, 2021 | Time
The insular industry has a long way to go toward spreading the wealth, from expanding POC presence in product development and cultivation to expanding education around how to acquire medical cannabis licenses.
The Pritzker transforms architects from being merely good practitioners in a fairly insular field into global celebrities.
But the sad reality is that the comics industry is too insular to foster any kind of radical change.DC Comics’ Diversity Crisis: Why the Status Quo Rules | Liz Watson | July 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
All this observation and self-observation possibly says something very depressing about how insular and self-obsessing we are.Watching Us, Watching Them: On ‘The People’s Couch’ | Tim Teeman | March 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Doing so, he highlighted the degree to which creationism is a decidedly incurious, insular worldview.The Bill Nye-Ken Ham Debate Was a Nightmare for Science | Michael Schulson | February 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Executive is elected in broad national elections in which discrete and insular minorities carry less weight.Senate Democrats Just Took Us a Step Closer to the Imperial Presidency | David Frum | December 1, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
From this point of view, the superiority of the continental over the insular colonies was not to be doubted.The Eve of the Revolution | Carl Becker
Horses and dresses are found in the insular forms, but, so far, I have not found a single instance of the tournament.The Three Days' Tournament | Jessie L. Weston
The true causes of the depression were not within the control of the insular Government or of any ruling factor.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Of the taxes accruing to the insular Treasury under the above law, 10 per cent.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
The insular failing is elsewhere frequently displayed by the poet in the trying light cast from a misanthrope genius.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman
British Dictionary definitions for insular
of, relating to, or resembling an island
remote, detached, or aloof
illiberal or narrow-minded
isolated or separated
- insularism or insularity (ˌɪnsjʊˈlærɪtɪ), noun
- insularly, adverb
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