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insular adj
1 relating to or characteristic of or situated on an island; "insular territories"; "Hawaii's insular culture"
2 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 narrowly restricted in outlook or scope; "little sympathy with parocial mentality"; "insular attitudes toward foreigners" [syn: parochial]

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  1. of, or pertaining to, an island or islands.
  2. resembling or characteristic of an island.
  3. situated on an island.
  4. separate or isolated from its surroundings.
  5. having an inward-looking outlook, or having little contact with external parties; provincial


of, or pertaining to, an island or islands



  1. insular


  1. islander

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

alien, alienated, alone, aloof, apart, archipelagian, archipelagic, asunder, authoritarian, bigot, bigoted, bipartite, borne, circumscribed, closed, companionless, confined, constricted, cramped, creedbound, deaf, deaf to reason, detached, dichotomous, disconnected, discontinuous, discrete, disjunct, disrelated, dissociated, distinct, divergent, ethnocentric, exceptional, excluding, exclusive, exclusory, exotic, extraneous, fanatical, foreign, friendless, geographically limited, hidebound, homeless, illiberal, in a backwater, in two, inadmissible, incoherent, incommensurable, incomparable, independent, insulated, irrelative, island, island-dotted, island-dweller, islanded, islander, islandish, islandlike, islandman, islandologist, islandy, islesman, isleted, isolated, kithless, limited, little, little-minded, local, localized, lone, lonely, lonesome, mean, mean-minded, mean-spirited, narrow, narrow-hearted, narrow-minded, narrow-souled, narrow-spirited, nearsighted, noncohesive, of a place, other, out-of-the-way, out-of-the-world, outlandish, parochial, partitioned, petty, preclusive, prescriptive, preventive, prohibitive, provincial, purblind, quarantined, regional, remote, removed, restricted, restrictive, retired, rootless, seagirt, secluded, seclusive, sectarian, sectional, segregate, segregated, segregative, select, selective, separate, separated, separative, shortsighted, shut off, single-handed, small, small-minded, small-town, snobbish, solitary, solo, straitlaced, strange, stuffy, topical, unabetted, unaccompanied, unaffiliated, unaided, unallied, unassisted, unassociated, unattached, unattended, uncatholic, uncharitable, unconnected, unescorted, unfrequented, ungenerous, unjoined, unliberal, unrelatable, unrelated, unseconded, unsupported, unvisited, vernacular, withdrawn, xenophobic
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