in a vacuum

idiom

: separated from outside events or influences
The group was operating in a vacuum, cut off from the rest of the world.
The city's riots did not happen in a vacuum. They were caused by recent political events.

Examples of in a vacuum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation (CASIC) has been working on a hyperloop train that can hit incredibly high speeds in a vacuum. Kurt Knutsson, Cyberguy Report, Fox News, 15 Feb. 2024 Of course, smoking behavior doesn’t happen in a vacuum. Celia Ford, WIRED, 14 Feb. 2024 Meanwhile, Bowser emphasized that the film industry does not exist in a vacuum outside of society. Caroline Brew, Variety, 23 Jan. 2024 But Squid Game: The Challenge does not exist in a vacuum. Angie Han, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Nov. 2023 None of these challenges are happening in a vacuum. Justine Calma, The Verge, 14 Nov. 2023 Irving’s slow-for-him start, which included missing consecutive games against the Denver Nuggets and Chicago Bulls, didn’t happen in a vacuum. Doyle Rader, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 An Ariane 6 upper stage test firing in a vacuum chamber in Germany is also scheduled for September 1. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 11 Aug. 2023 And with light traveling 50 percent faster in a vacuum than through glass fiber, an orbiting mesh network could theoretically connect users in, say, London and New York, much quicker than undersea cables. IEEE Spectrum, 18 Dec. 2023 See More

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“In a vacuum.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/in%20a%20vacuum. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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