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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The North Korean nuclear arsenal is Pyongyang’s guarantee that Kim can maintain his insular, repressive regime under the control of his family. Trudy Rubin, The Mercury News, "Rubin: Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un isn’t producing results," 8 July 2019 The rancor and the polarization of politics in Peru can seem, from this perspective, insular, a neighborhood squabble, even, no matter what the actual stakes might be. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, "What Led Peru’s Former President to Take His Own Life?," 1 July 2019 Is the dream of a better world achieved through insular, and cautious self-preservation? Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Quiet Strengths of 'Dark Phoenix'," 8 June 2019 Broadway can be insular, operating sometime as much as a set of cottage industries as a billion-dollar business. Steven Zeitchik, Washington Post, "Would you pay to stream endless musicals? Some Broadway insiders are quietly betting on it.," 7 June 2019 How insular a community is may be measured by its share of members who wish to appear on camera. Sarah Weinman, The New York Review of Books, "Ruth Margalit," 7 Feb. 2019 The Houston corporate legal community was tight-knit and insular in 1995. Claire Poole Of The Texas Lawbook, Houston Chronicle, "Atlanta law firm inflitrated Houston market one deal at a time," 21 June 2019 But even within her insular council of advisers — like herself, unelected — there was unease. Daniel Victor, New York Times, "The Murder Case That Lit the Fuse in Hong Kong," 15 June 2019 To many Europeans, including to Smithson, the U.S. seemed to promise an escape from that strand of insular family politics that prioritized the nature of one's birth above all else. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "Mr. Smithson’s Family Goes to Washington," 14 June 2019

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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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