What does insular mean?

Definitions for insular
ˈɪn sə lər, ˈɪns yə-in·su·lar

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. insularadjective

    relating to or characteristic of or situated on an island

    "insular territories"; "Hawaii's insular culture"

  2. insularadjective

    suggestive of the isolated life of an island

    "an exceedingly insular man; so deeply private as to seem inaccessible to the scrutiny of a novelist"- Leonard Michaels

  3. insular, parochialadjective

    narrowly restricted in outlook or scope

    "little sympathy with parochial mentality"; "insular attitudes toward foreigners"


  1. insularadjective

    Of, pertaining to, being, or resembling an island or islands.

  2. insularadjective

    Situated on an island.

  3. insularadjective

    Separate or isolated from the surroundings; having little interaction with external parties; provincial.

  4. insularadjective

    Having an inward-looking, standoffish, or withdrawn manner.

  5. Etymology: From insularis, from insula, perhaps, from in + salum.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Insular, Insularyadjective

    Belonging to an island.

    Etymology: insulaire, French; insularis, Lat.

    Druina, being surrounded with the sea, is hardly to be invaded, having many other insulary advantages. James Howell.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Insularadjective

    of or pertaining to an island; of the nature, or possessing the characteristics, of an island; as, an insular climate, fauna, etc

  2. Insularadjective

    of or pertaining to the people of an island; narrow; circumscribed; illiberal; contracted; as, insular habits, opinions, or prejudices

  3. Insularnoun

    an islander

  4. Etymology: [L. insularis, fr. insula island: cf. F. insulaire. See Isle.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Insular

    in′sū-lar, adj. belonging to an island: surrounded by water: standing or situated alone: narrow, prejudiced.—ns. In′sularism, Insular′ity, the state of being insular.—adv. In′sularly.—v.t. In′sulate, to place in a detached situation: to prevent connection or communication: (electricity) to separate, esp. from the earth, by a non-conductor.—ns. Insulā′tion; In′sulator, one who, or that which, insulates: a non-conductor of electricity. [Fr.,—L. insularisinsula, an island.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of insular in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of insular in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of insular in a Sentence

  1. Sonia Chopra:

    I think Vox Media is an industry that can be very insular, dawn — somebody who was such a leader and such a powerhouse in publishing — is coming to the industry really with clear eyes, with no preconceived notions about how a magazine should be billed or what a front of book is. I think it's going to be so refreshing.

  2. Mike Pence:

    It represents a very bad move in public policy, it opens up from a legal standpoint... a Pandora's Box of legal rights and legal difficulties once you identify homosexuals as a discrete and insular minority.

  3. Earl Ofari Hutchinson:

    Farrakhan had long since slipped from the national dialogue over race, racism, and civil rights issues, not to mention action on these issues, the CBC and other civil rights organizations have long been critical of what they see as his insular, narrow, racially inflammatory remarks and approach to the racial issue.

  4. Daniel Loeb:

    Nestle's insular, complacent, and bureaucratic organization is overly complex, lethargic, and misses too many trends.

  5. Missy Krasner:

    The view is that health is very insular and regulated.

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    closely constrained or constricted or constricting
    • A. witless
    • B. dangerous
    • C. plush
    • D. tight

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