- of or relating to an island or islands: insular possessions.
- dwelling or situated on an island.
- forming an island: insular rocks.
- detached; standing alone; isolated.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of islanders.
- narrow-minded or illiberal; provincial: insular attitudes toward foreigners.
- 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.
Origin of insular
Related Words for insularpetty, parochial, isolated, bigoted, closed, confined, detached, illiberal, limited, narrow, prejudiced, provincial, restricted, secluded, separate, separated, contracted
Examples from the Web for insular
Contemporary Examples of insular
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
July 20, 2014
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’
March 20, 2014
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
February 5, 2014
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
December 1, 2013
The country, with a population of just 725,000, has an insular nature preserving it as a time capsule.The Tiger’s Nest May Make You Start Planning a Trip to Bhutan
November 7, 2013
Historical Examples of insular
That made him angry, and he said that insular envy made me unresponsive.American Notes
Besides, wasn't it all rather sudden, from an insular point of view?One Day's Courtship
To the insular cynic and the insular moralist they offer an equal opportunity.Howards End
E. M. Forster
Practice as an advocate, and push your way to insular preferment?
It was in a large envelope and had come by the insular post.
- of, relating to, or resembling an island
- remote, detached, or aloof
- illiberal or narrow-minded
- isolated or separated
Word Origin for insular
1610s, "of or pertaining to an island," from Late Latin insularis, from Latin insula "island" (see isle). Metaphoric sense "narrow, prejudiced" is 1775, from notion of being cut off from intercourse with other nations, especially with reference to the situation of Great Britain. Earlier adjective in the literal sense was insulan (mid-15c.), from Latin insulanus.
- Of or being an isolated tissue or island of tissue.