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insular

[in-suh-ler, ins-yuh-] /ˈɪn sə lər, ˈɪns yə-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to an island or islands:
insular possessions.
2.
dwelling or situated on an island.
3.
forming an island:
insular rocks.
4.
detached; standing alone; isolated.
5.
of, relating to, or characteristic of islanders.
6.
narrow-minded or illiberal; provincial:
insular attitudes toward foreigners.
7.
Pathology. occurring in or characterized by one or more isolated spots, patches, or the like.
8.
Anatomy. pertaining to an island of cells or tissue, as the islets of Langerhans.
noun
9.
an inhabitant of an island; islander.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Late Latin insulāris. See insula, -ar1
Related forms
insularism, noun
insularity, noun
insularly, adverb
interinsular, adjective
transinsular, adjective
uninsular, adjective
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  • Additionally, it's common to adapt elements of an insular and specialized artistic movement to a more mainstream application.
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  • But firms are growing increasingly disenchanted because the process is slow and insular.
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  • The bad news is that insular cultures by definition resist acknowledging the need to change.
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British Dictionary definitions for insular

insular

/ˈɪnsjʊlə/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or resembling an island
2.
remote, detached, or aloof
3.
illiberal or narrow-minded
4.
isolated or separated
Derived Forms
insularism, insularity (ˌɪnsjʊˈlærɪtɪ) noun
insularly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin insulāris, from Latin insula island, isle
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Word Origin and History for insular
adj.

1610s, "of or pertaining to an island," from Late Latin insularis, from Latin insula "island" (see isle). Metaphoric sense "narrow, prejudiced" is 1775, from notion of being cut off from intercourse with other nations, especially with reference to the situation of Great Britain. Earlier adjective in the literal sense was insulan (mid-15c.), from Latin insulanus.

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insular in Medicine

insular in·su·lar (ĭn'sə-lər, ĭns'yə-)
adj.
Of or being an isolated tissue or island of tissue.

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