- 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
Examples from the Web for insularity
Contemporary Examples of insularity
But Brown has no interest in insularity or convenient resolutions.Deepwater Horizon: Life Drowning in Oil
November 2, 2014
He has spent years alleging bias and insularity in the scientific community.When Creationists Collide with Stephen Colbert
December 15, 2013
The insularity extends to the “papabile”—the roll call of possible, even likely popes.The Catholic Church Is Insular and Intolerant
March 8, 2013
This insularity is a long-held and well-known habit of this administration when setbacks happen, and it's not admirable.Obama and the World, and the Wrongheaded Right
September 26, 2012
The Shalit trade is not an aberration, but a reflection of Israeli insularity that has grown stronger in recent months and years.Shalit Was Worth It
July 20, 2012
Historical Examples of insularity
It has at least this to its credit that we view our insularity with less composure.
We see now that there are two sides to this blessing of insularity.
Left to itself, the insularity in him would have evaded the issue.The Helpers
This indifference to other writers of his time, this insularity, was doubtless his loss.Ponkapog Papers
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
But in course of time they broke through their insularity with the force of their own arms.Roman Women
- 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.