Definition of inward-looking in English:



  • Not interested in or taking account of other people or groups.

    ‘an isolated and inward-looking community’
    • ‘In Bradford, there seem to be a lot of inward-looking people who don't want to take too many risks.’
    • ‘He said that these sects cut themselves off from the mainstream of English national life by pursuing their own narrow and inward-looking interests.’
    • ‘But if the inward-looking nature of working-class culture was born of limited opportunities, the answer is to widen the choices rather than cherish the insularity.’
    • ‘But this is a small town as typical as anywhere else in the American heartland: earnest, churchy, amiable, inward-looking, bland, conformist, trusting.’
    • ‘The tone too, is irritating: Brooding, weepy and utterly inward-looking, as though no world exists beyond one's own emotional landscape.’
    • ‘The party was written off as an authoritarian, inward-looking dinosaur, made obsolete by the country's opening to the global economy.’
    • ‘As competition from Asia increases and shareholders clamour for ever faster growth some regard the inward-looking nature of the family corporate setup as untenable.’
    • ‘Openness to other cultures and the future gave way to inward-looking rivalry and mediocrity, as a closed tribal mentality reasserted itself.’
    • ‘It is as if he lives on an island of inward-looking spirituality where excitement and ardour are shelved, and where loneliness is a background against which self-cultivation can progress.’
    • ‘While it can serve as a call to arms, and is often articulated that way, it is also commonly used to invoke a more spiritual, inward-looking devotion.’
    • ‘We had been an isolated, siege economy, very inward-looking, suddenly had to open up and participate, compete in this new global economy.’
    • ‘Half a century ago, Spanish speakers were an inward-looking community; we projected ourselves in only very limited ways beyond our traditional linguistic confines.’
    • ‘The word insular derives from the Latin word for island, and most islands become just that: inward-looking, self-sufficient and self-absorbed.’
    • ‘As fascinating as an extreme close-up can be, too often it becomes too inward-looking, self-reflexive, about itself.’
    • ‘Justice and home affairs ministries were traditionally some of the most parochial and inward-looking of all national ministries before the European Union came along.’
    • ‘Beneath the kitsch of the souvenir shops, Lourdes is raw and elemental; situated in rather gloomy inward-looking craggy mountains.’
    • ‘It serves to convince us that there is large body of people who are merely self-interested, inward-looking and consumption oriented.’
    • ‘Yet even 20 years ago, it stood out for its parochialism, its inward-looking nature, its relative innocence.’
    • ‘The US public is often stereotyped as insular and inward-looking.’
    • ‘It was not a complacent or narrow or inward-looking self-confidence.’