insular

adjective
in·​su·​lar | \ ˈin(t)-su̇-lər How to pronounce insular (audio) , -syu̇-, ˈin-shə-lər\

Definition of insular

1a : of, relating to, or constituting an island
b : dwelling or situated on an island insular residents
2 : characteristic of an isolated people especially : being, having, or reflecting a narrow provincial viewpoint
3 : of or relating to an island of cells or tissue

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Other Words from insular

insularism \ ˈin(t)-​su̇-​lə-​ˌri-​zəm How to pronounce insularism (audio) , -​syu̇-​ , ˈin-​shə-​lə-​ \ noun
insularity \ ˌin(t)-​su̇-​ˈler-​ə-​tē How to pronounce insularity (audio) , -​ˈla-​rə-​ -​syu̇-​ , ˌin-​shə-​ˈler-​ə-​ , -​ˈla-​rə-​ \ noun
insularly \ ˈin(t)-​su̇-​lər-​lē How to pronounce insularly (audio) , -​syu̇-​ , ˈin-​shə-​ \ adverb

Examples of insular in a Sentence

the insular world of boarding schools an insular community that is not receptive of new ideas, especially from outsiders

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In the case of Pernod, the fund views its management and board as being too French and insular, while lacking diverse career experience. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "Elliott Takes Big Stake in Pernod, Maker of Absolut, Chivas Regal," 12 Dec. 2018 Yossi Newfield, a 38-year-old alumnus, said the yeshiva’s goal is to keep its students entrenched in an insular world. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "Local Yeshiva Has Ardent Fans and Critics," 17 Sep. 2018 As an outsider to Metro's insular culture, Arcos did not force the changes down officers' throats and gradually won them over. James Queally, latimes.com, "A closer look at the three finalists for LAPD chief," 18 May 2018 The opposition is hammering Mr. Abe for allowing more immigrants in the famously insular nation. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Japan’s Immigration Harbinger," 5 Dec. 2018 So this latest outbreak is a reminder of how vulnerable more insular groups can be to anti-vaxxers, and the unique challenges for public health advocates in countering their messages in these communities. Julia Belluz, Vox, "New York’s Orthodox Jewish community is battling measles outbreaks. Vaccine deniers are to blame.," 9 Nov. 2018 And a closer study of his online activity reveals the evolution of a political identity built on a foundation of false news and misinformation, and steeped in the insular culture of the right-wing media. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Why social media is friend to far-right politicians around the world," 30 Oct. 2018 Sardinia contains many worlds: the glitzy Costa Smeralda; the Catalonian retreat of Alghero; the wild mountain coastlines both east and west; practical, insular Barbagia; the rice fields of diligent Oristano. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 Carter repeated his frustrations with the last Democratic president, Barack Obama, for not engaging more directly with the insular Asian nation. Bill Barrow, The Seattle Times, "Jimmy Carter cautions Democrats not to scare off moderates," 11 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of insular

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for insular

Late Latin insularis, from Latin insula island

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insular

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of insular

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

insular

adjective
in·​su·​lar | \ -lər How to pronounce insular (audio) \

Medical Definition of insular

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

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