Definition of self-enclosed in English:



  • (of a person, community, or system) not choosing to or able to communicate with others or with external systems.

    ‘the family is a self-enclosed unit’
    • ‘The stop midway through splits the line, apposes the images and creates a self-enclosed unit of each one.’
    • ‘Substituting for this lack of ambiguity, an assemblage of self-enclosed, self-pleasing, self-sycophantic and self-pitying notes to oneself fills the void.’
    • ‘Each religious constituency has remained until recently self-enclosed, except in respect of festivals.’
    • ‘On the positive side the site is self-enclosed and safe.’
    • ‘These colleges and universities that were once self-enclosed enclaves are now assuming the role of community developer.’
    • ‘When you're younger you think you're this self-enclosed short story, then you realise you're a chapter in a book and that you want to read the rest of the book.’
    • ‘Small socialist groups formed in the principal urban centres, held indoor and street meetings, produced and sold tracts, argued among themselves, and maintained a largely self-enclosed circle of fellowship.’
    • ‘In a self-enclosed hierarchical group (a patriarchal family, say) the members cannot choose their relationships - to whom and how they relate.’
    • ‘The four white areas function alternatively as forms and absences of form; of the three black shapes, one is self-enclosed, one invaded by a red glob, one twinned with a white shape.’
    • ‘An episteme of a culture is its single and self-enclosed totality that includes its language, attitudes, ideas, science: it is all the paradigms of that society.’
    • ‘Although the mob thrives on capitalism and the free market, it is a self-enclosed society built on Machiavellian principles of solidarity and interdependence.’
    • ‘The turn of the seventeenth into the eighteenth century also provides the setting for two more self-enclosed novels, both marked for their strong handling of fine detail.’
    • ‘In practice this also meant that other social realms were now similarly theorised as self-enclosed entities wherein particular types of social action ensued.’
    • ‘This very responsibility before God forbids us from living in such a way that we withdraw into ourselves, behaving in an isolated, self-enclosed manner.’
    • ‘Also encouraging us to pause or rest in the self-enclosed contemplative ‘sphere’ are the stanza's three verbs.’
    • ‘They're not afraid to let a scene wander off in an unexpected, seemingly random direction, to let each scene become a self-enclosed mini-story of its own.’
    • ‘The allegory is clear, and needs no refinement - the self-enclosed society of a ship or a submarine is its own world, and can represent our own.’
    • ‘Death and despair are the disorders that enter the human relation to creation when that relation is constricted to a self-enclosed reality.’
    • ‘Nonetheless, the reflected face injects an extrinsic presence into an otherwise self-enclosed narrative scene.’
    • ‘New possibilities become apparent which may break the myopia of metropolitan prejudice and self-enclosed isolation.’



/self inˈklōzd/ /sɛlf ɪnˈkloʊzd/ /enˈklōzd/ /ɛnˈkloʊzd/