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isolation

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noun iso·la·tion \ˌī-sə-ˈlā-shən also ˌi-\

Simple Definition of isolation

  • : the state of being in a place or situation that is separate from others : the condition of being isolated

  • : the act of separating something from other things : the act of isolating something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of isolation

  1. :  the action of isolating :  the condition of being isolated

Examples of isolation in a sentence

  1. the isolation of the mountain community

  2. <forced isolation always made the sociable child lonely>



1833

First Known Use of isolation

1833

Synonym Discussion of isolation

solitude, isolation, seclusion mean the state of one who is alone. solitude may imply a condition of being apart from all human beings or of being cut off by wish or circumstances from one's usual associates <a few quiet hours of solitude>. isolation stresses detachment from others often involuntarily <the isolation of the village in winter>. seclusion suggests a shutting away or keeping apart from others often connoting deliberate withdrawal from the world or retirement to a quiet life <lived in pastoral seclusion>.


ISOLATION Defined for Kids

isolation

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noun iso·la·tion \ˌī-sə-ˈlā-shən\

Definition of isolation for Students

  1. :  the act of keeping apart from others :  the condition of being kept apart from others <… it was the cows who were responsible for the wood's isolation … — Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting>




Medical Dictionary

isolation

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noun iso·la·tion \ˌī-sə-ˈlā-shən\

Medical Definition of isolation

  1. 1:  the action of isolating or condition of being isolated <isolation of a virus> <put the patient in isolation>

  2. 2:  a segregation of a group of organisms from related forms in such a manner as to prevent crossing

  3. 3:  a psychological defense mechanism consisting of the separating of ideas or memories from the emotions connected with them





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