Definition of in a vacuum in English:

in a vacuum

phrase

  • (of an activity or a problem to be considered) isolated from the normal context in which it can best be understood or assessed.

    ‘professional training cannot take place in a vacuum’
    • ‘The problem is that an individual's work choices don't operate in a vacuum.’
    • ‘While the film may be primarily an artistic statement, it does not exist like so much art, in a vacuum, but is placed firmly in context.’
    • ‘All this artistic and scientific activity did not, of course, take place in a vacuum.’
    • ‘My point is that those comments were made in a certain historical era and not in a vacuum.’
    • ‘We cannot exist in a vacuum, in isolation from what's happening in other parts of the world.’
    • ‘The important point is that politics does not operate in a vacuum.’
    • ‘But what we must remember is that the decision to hold elections did not emerge in a vacuum.’
    • ‘Experts point out that illnesses do not occur in a vacuum but rather in the context of society.’
    • ‘It wasn't as though the summit occurred in a vacuum without any prior events.’
    • ‘After all, the governments don't operate in a vacuum, they are elected and supported by majorities.’