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 (ĭn′sə-lər, ĭns′yə-)
a. Of, relating to, or constituting an island.
b. Living or located on an island.
a. Suggestive of the isolated life of an island: "He is an exceedingly insular man, so deeply private as to seem inaccessible to the scrutiny of a novelist" (Leonard Michaels).
b. Circumscribed and detached in outlook and experience; narrow or provincial.
3. Anatomy Of or relating to isolated tissue or an island of tissue.

[French insulaire, from Late Latin īnsulāris, from Latin īnsula, island.]

in′su·lar·ism, in′su·lar′i·ty (-lăr′ĭ-tē) n.
in′su·lar·ly adv.


the state of being narrow-minded.
See also: Thinking
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Noun1.insularism - the state of being isolated or detached; "the insulation of England was preserved by the English Channel"
isolation - a state of separation between persons or groups
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