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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.
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Of note, while now joint, these commands remain insularly focused on China's geographic boundaries with global operations still being led at the CMC level.
Who but the most insularly hedonistic individual could interpret the mention of a Jewish ritual object solely through its implications for having sex?
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Indeed, English is distinctly rare in such volumes, but in insularly produced books, as Olszowy-Schlanger's more recent researches have publicized, Anglo-Norman is present in great profusion.
Of course for them, the phrase would have been transmitted insularly, from one to another, as a reminder of how much was riding upon their success at not merely performing gentility but also believing in the inviolable dignity that gentility has always been thought to confer.
Mired in and constricted by insularly research methods, the academician adjudicates his social phenomena with observational acuteness, but he restricts from his scientific conclusions any normative considerations because he has been taught to believe that such judgments are either too ideological or irrational.