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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Insular  \In"su*lar\,  a.  [L.  insularis,  fr  insula  island:  cf  F. 
  insulaire  See  {Isle}.] 
  1.  Of  or  pertaining  to  an  island;  of  the  nature,  or 
  possessing  the  characteristics,  of  an  island;  as  an 
  insular  climate,  fauna,  etc 
 
  2.  Of  or  pertaining  to  the  people  of  an  island;  narrow; 
  circumscribed;  illiberal;  contracted;  as  insular  habits, 
  opinions,  or  prejudices. 
 
  The  penury  of  insular  conversation.  --Johnson. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Insular  \In"su*lar\,  n. 
  An  islander.  [R.]  --Berkeley. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  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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