n 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 [syn: isolation, closing off] 4: (psychiatry) a defense 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"
n. the act or an instance of isolating; the state of being isolated or separated. Phrases and idioms: in isolation considered singly and not relatively. isolation hospital (or ward etc.) a hospital, ward, etc., for patients with contagious or infectious diseases.
1. Isolation is the state of feeling alone and without friends or help. Many deaf people have feelings of isolation and loneliness...see alsoisolate 2. If something is considered in isolationfrom other things that it is connected with, it is considered separately, and those other things are not considered. Punishment cannot be discussed in isolation from social theory.= separately PHRASE: oft with brd-neg, PHR after v, oft PHR from n 3. If someone does something in isolation, they do it without other people being present or without their help. Malcolm works in isolation but I have no doubts about his abilities.= alone PHRASE: PHR after v