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Noun: isolation  ,I-su'ley-shun
  1. A state of separation between persons or groups
  2. A feeling of being disliked and alone
  3. The act of isolating something; setting something apart from others
    - closing off
  4. (psychiatry) a defence mechanism in which memory of an unacceptable act or impulse is separated from the emotion originally associated with it
  5. A country's withdrawal from international politics
    "he opposed a policy of American isolation"

Derived forms: isolations

Type of: alienation, defence [Brit, Cdn], defence mechanism [Brit, Cdn], defence reaction [Brit, Cdn], defense [US], defense mechanism [US], defense reaction [US], disaffection, estrangement, non-engagement, non-involvement, nonparticipation, separation

Encyclopedia: Isolation