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insular

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adjective in·su·lar \ˈin(t)-su̇-lər, -syu̇-, ˈin-shə-lər\

Simple Definition of insular

  • : separated from other people or cultures : not knowing or interested in new or different ideas

Full Definition of insular

  1. 1 a :  of, relating to, or constituting an island b :  dwelling or situated on an island <insular residents>

  2. 2 :  characteristic of an isolated people; especially :  being, having, or reflecting a narrow provincial viewpoint

  3. 3 :  of or relating to an island of cells or tissue

in·su·lar·ism play \-lə-ˌri-zəm\ noun
in·su·lar·i·ty play \ˌin(t)-su̇-ˈla-rə-tē, -syu̇-, ˌin-shə-ˈla-\ noun
in·su·lar·ly play \ˈin(t)-su̇-lər-lē, -syu̇-, ˈin-shə-\ adverb

Examples of insular

  1. the insular world of boarding schools

  2. <an insular community that is not receptive of new ideas, especially from outsiders>



Origin of insular

Late Latin insularis, from Latin insula island


First Known Use: 1611


Medical Dictionary

insular

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adjective in·su·lar \-lər\

Medical Definition of insular

  1. :  of or relating to an island of cells or tissue (as the islets of Langerhans or the insula)





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