Adjective "Insular" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Ignorant of or uninterested in cultures, ideas, or peoples outside one's own experience.
  1. 'Opponents of the nomination declared it to be the product of cronyism that revealed an insular, arrogant White House.'
  2. 'Religious heresy denunciations do not appear often, outside of certain insular ultra-orthodox circles.'
  3. 'Though police inhabited an intensely insular culture, they shared one primary reference point with the citizens in whose name they served: the street.'
  4. 'This backwardness with respect to the churches of the continental and insular west was nevertheless overcome by means of a form of cultural evolution.'
  5. 'Because no one outside the insular world of boxing can name one pug that he has under contract.'
  6. 'The USA is accused of being an insular, isolated society for all the wrong reasons: the correct reason is that Americans feel strength from their insularity, and confidence from being isolated.'
  7. 'Do you worry that being self-referential makes your work too insular, thereby limiting your audience?'
  8. 'Quebec being small, in regard to its institutions, and somewhat insular because of its cultural history, its people have always perceived Canadian cinema as being foreign.'
  9. 'Even in famously insular Japan, travel is producing a far more worldly generation.'
  10. 'Instead of making them more insular, it has opened them to wider influences.'
  11. 'people living restricted and sometimes insular existences'
  12. 'The peace and quiet of small town America seems to suit the taciturn Finn, but Joe, the loudmouth coffee wagon operator who parks outside Finn's depot, challenges Finn's insular existence.'
  13. 'Michael felt much the same, but he found it impossible to be as private and insular as Carl.'
  14. 'In human-created environments, surrounded by concrete and asphalt, we often feel isolated and insular - as though we are protected from the forces of nature.'
  15. 'I was at the time insular and somewhat passive.'
  16. 'The book is a riveting character study of a fiercely intelligent and insular man coming to terms with his sexuality.'
Relating to or from an island.
  1. 'In marked contrast to previous morphometric results, a clear separation between continental and insular samples was found, and intermediates between H. balearica and H. valentina samples were not detected.'
  2. 'This distinctly insular style owed little to continental trends and was the source of considerable admiration from foreign visitors.'
  3. 'In the last 750 years before Caesar, Britain adopted many of the characteristics of the successive phases of the Continental Iron Age, though often with insular variations.'
  4. 'The groupings were made on the basis of location, while taking into consideration the continental and insular outcrop of the Cubagua Formation.'
  5. 'They are commonly found along the continental or insular shelves as well as freshwater estuaries or mangrove marshes.'
  6. 'Marine habitats throughout the insular Pacific are increasingly threatened by human activity.'
  7. 'They prefer the warm environment of coastal waters along continental and insular shelves.'
  8. 'In particular, areas between reserves were not as inhospitable to species in the reserves as oceans were to insular species.'
  9. 'In addition, these mutations would segregate at higher frequencies in the insular than in the continental species.'
  10. 'insular illumination of the 6th century'
  11. 'Biblical manuscripts, Gospels and psalters, were the most elaborately illuminated products of insular, Carolingian, Ottonian, and Anglo-Saxon art.'
Relating to the insula of the brain.
  1. 'The claustrum is a layer of gray matter that lies on the medial aspect of the insular cortex, from which it is separated by a sheet of white fibers known as the extreme capsule.'
  2. 'Even among the poorly differentiated tumors, insular carcinomas did not show any significant differences in survival compared with noninsular carcinoma cases.'


1. of or relating to an island or islands: insular possessions.

2. dwelling or situated on an island.

3. forming an island: insular rocks.

4. detached; standing alone; isolated.

5. of, relating to, or characteristic of islanders.

6. narrow-minded or illiberal; provincial: insular attitudes toward foreigners.

7. Pathology. occurring in or characterized by one or more isolated spots, patches, or the like.

8. Anatomy. pertaining to an island of cells or tissue, as the isl

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be insular in respects."

"mothers can be insular."

"cultures can be insular."

"people can be insular."

"lives can be insular."

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Mid 16th century (as a noun denoting an islander): from late Latin insularis, from insula ‘island’.