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 Dictionary entry overview: What does insular mean? 

INSULAR (adjective)
  The adjective INSULAR has 3 senses:

1. relating to or characteristic of or situated on an island
2. suggestive of the isolated life of an island
3. narrowly restricted in outlook or scope

  Familiarity information: INSULAR used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 

INSULAR (adjective)

Sense 1insular [BACK TO TOP]


Relating to or characteristic of or situated on an island

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

insular territories / Hawaii's insular culture


island (a land mass (smaller than a continent) that is surrounded by water)

Sense 2insular [BACK TO TOP]


Suggestive of the isolated life of an island

Context example:

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


private (confined to particular persons or groups or providing privacy)

Sense 3insular [BACK TO TOP]


Narrowly restricted in outlook or scope


parochial; insular

Context examples:

little sympathy with parochial mentality / insular attitudes toward foreigners


provincial (characteristic of the provinces or their people)

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