the state or condition of being an island:Great Britain, because of its insularity, was only reachable by sea until 1785, when the first balloon successfully crossed the English Channel by air.
the state or condition of dwelling on or being situated on an island:None of the other aspects of the fossil show adaptations common among island dwellers, so insularity is not a good argument to explain its form.
the state or condition of being detached or isolated:Growing populations have in many places made the insularity of religious communities difficult to preserve.
the state or condition of being narrow-minded or provincial:Our neighbors' insularity was both psychological and cultural: they had no interest whatsoever in literature, history, art, government, science, film, or the outdoors.
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How to use insularity in a sentence
Traders — who call themselves, affectionately, an offensive term for people with developmental disorders — built their own insular subculture as they egged one another on for profit, camaraderie and the thrill of the hunt.As GameStop stock crumbles, newbie traders reckon with heavy losses | Drew Harwell | February 2, 2021 | Washington Post
SwimSwam broke the news of Keller’s apparent involvement in the attack Monday, blasting the news well beyond the insular world of elite, Olympic-level swimming.From Olympic medalist to Capitol rioter: The fall of Klete Keller | Dave Sheinin, Rick Maese | January 15, 2021 | Washington Post
They didn’t do so by embracing narrow, insular efforts geared toward self-preservation.The Martin Agency, Sweetgreen and Condé Nast are Digiday Awards finalists | Digiday Awards | December 8, 2020 | Digiday
But Brown has no interest in insularity or convenient resolutions.
He has spent years alleging bias and insularity in the scientific community.
Finally, Mor insists that the real insularity exists not on the American Jewish, but on the Palestinian side.Yes, TNR, There Really is an American Jewish Cocoon | Peter Beinart | December 4, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The insularity extends to the “papabile”—the roll call of possible, even likely popes.
This insularity is a long-held and well-known habit of this administration when setbacks happen, and it's not admirable.
It has at least this to its credit that we view our insularity with less composure.The Fleets Behind the Fleet | W. MacNeile (William MacNeile) Dixon
We see now that there are two sides to this blessing of insularity.The Fleets Behind the Fleet | W. MacNeile (William MacNeile) Dixon
For this I hope not to be accused of what is sometimes perhaps facetiously called ‘insularity’.
They know how badly they need help and they do mean to be as good to us as their benignant insularity will permit.The Life and Letters of Walter H. Page, Volume II | Burton J. Hendrick
You, in this country, are subjected to the British insularity in weights and measures; you use the foot and inch and yard.