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Dictionary Definition

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]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Adjective

insular
  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

Translations

of, or pertaining to, an island or islands

Spanish

Adjective

  1. insular

Noun

  1. islander

Related terms

Extensive Definition

Insular may be:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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