Definition of Insular

1. Adjective. Relating to or characteristic of or situated on an island. "Hawaii's insular culture"

Derivative terms: Insularity
Partainyms: Island

2. Adjective. 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"
Similar to: Private
Derivative terms: Insularity

3. Adjective. Narrowly restricted in outlook or scope. "Insular attitudes toward foreigners"
Exact synonyms: Parochial
Similar to: Provincial

Definition of Insular

1. a. Of or pertaining to an island; of the nature, or possessing the characteristics, of an island; as, an insular climate, fauna, etc.

2. n. An islander.

Definition of Insular

1. Adjective. Of, pertaining to, being, or resembling an island or islands. ¹

2. Adjective. Situated on an island. ¹

3. Adjective. Separate or isolated from the surroundings; having little interaction with external parties; provincial. ¹

4. Adjective. Having an inward-looking, standoffish, or withdrawn manner. ¹

5. Noun. An islander. ¹

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Definition of Insular

1. an islander [n -S] - See also: islander

Medical Definition of Insular

1. Relating to any insula, especially the island of Reil. (05 Mar 2000)

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Literary usage of Insular

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1. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1920)
"Both the owners and the insular Line appealed to the Circuit Court of Appeals. That court modified the decree, so as to award that payment of the full ..."

2. Notae Latinae: An Account of Abbreviation in Latin Mss. of the Early by Wallace Martin Lindsay (1915)
"the insular symbol; MSS. of Amand use both, especially the insular symbol, eg: Paris 1603, ... MSS. of Corbie have usually the insular symbol (eg the ..."

3. The Treaty Making Power of the United States by Charles Henry Butler (1902)
"THE insular CASES RECORDS. As stated in note 1 to § 61a, page 118, ante, after the arguments of these cases before the Supreme Court and pursuant to a joint ..."

4. China at the Conference: A Report by Westel Woodbury Willoughby (1922)
"... to Their insular Possessions and insular Dominions in the Pacific Ocean The United States of America, the British Empire, France and Japan, ..."

5. The Historical Geography of Europe by Edward Augustus Freeman (1881)
"They kept also the insular Normandy, the Norman islands which have ever since ... It was now a remote dependency of the insular kingdom, a dependency whose ..."

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