insular insular  /ˈɪn sə lər/


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

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  1. James realized that the insular mindset of the people of the country was a big impediment to progress.
  2. It is hard to imagine that a country as enlightened as this would have such insular groups.
  3. The insular ruling junta did not allow any correspondent to meet the incarcerated human rights activist.


  • Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Fight to Fit In

    Israel has been consumed in recent months with the challenge of integrating the insular, swelling ultra-Orthodox minority, known as Haredim, into society.
    on June 6, 2013     Source: New York Times


  1. "The US is too isolated, too insular. They don't translate enough and don't really participate in the big dialogue of literature," Engdahl said. "That ignorance is restraining."
    on Oct 1, 2008 By: Horace Engdahl Source: CNN

  2. "The reality is that sometimes policymaking in Washington can become too insular," Obama said. "The walls of the echo chamber can sometimes keep out fresh voices and new ways of thinking -- and those who serve in Washington don't always have...
    on Nov 26, 2008 By: Barack Obama Source: Washington Post

  3. "The real team spirit will be tested," Warne said on Channel 9 commentary. "You've got to not get insular and not just worry about your own game. The series is gone and they are going to be under pressure. South Africa have copped some...
    on Dec 30, 2008 By: Shane Warne Source: Melbourne Herald Sun

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