taken in isolation


Senior Member
Persian - Iran

In the following context, what does the expression "taken in isolation" mean?

"I honestly don’t know when I first noticed troubles. There were tiny things even in the early years of their relationship, but these seemed more frequent after the wedding. There were occasionally odd bruises or sharp words – small things just vivid enough for me to notice. The one time I did ask Liv how she got a bruise on her shoulder, she had such a plausible story. A horse had kicked her in the field, and taken in isolation, that might have been a very reasonable explanation."

Source: A Mother's Confession, by Kelly Rimmer
  • PaulQ

    English - England
    taken in isolation, -> on its own; by itself; unassociated with anything else [i.e. not associated with the list of all the other explanations for all the other injuries].
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