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"Later, Magellan became involved in an insular conflict in the Philippines"

What does "Insular" mean here?

As far as Cambridge Dictionary is concerned,

Insular means:

  • "interested only in your own country or group and not willing to accept different or foreign ideas".

I can not understand that sentence with the help of this meaning. Can anyone please help me?

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One meaning of Insular according to TFD is:

Circumscribed and detached in outlook and experience; narrow or provincial

This is similar to what you found in the Cambridge Dictionary:

interested only in your own country or group and not willing to accept different or foreign ideas

Note that it has another meaning too:

Of, relating to, or constituting an island.

In your sentence:

Magellan became involved in an insular conflict in the Philippines

it means that Magellan became involved in a conflict amongst the islands which make up the Philippines.

The Philippines is an archipelagic country consisting of about 7,641 islands in the Western Pacific ocean

  • So would a localised conflict about an island be an "insular insular conflict" ? – mgb Aug 23 '18 at 17:32
  • @mgb see Chagos dispute between The UK and Mauritius - an insular insular insular dispute :D businessinsider.com/18-island-disputes-2015-4 – bookmanu Aug 23 '18 at 18:16

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