Definition of institutional in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌinstəˈt(y)o͞oSH(ə)n(ə)l/


1Of, in, or like an institution or institutions: institutional care an institutional investor
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  • Of those who survive, about another 20% will end up in institutional care who weren't in that before the stroke.
  • Caring for someone in their own home is very different from institutional care.
  • He does, however, reflect a shift in writers' economic practices and the institutional conditions of freelance practice.
1.1Unappealing or unimaginative: institutional chocolate-colored paint
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  • Coupled with the bleached out grey/green institutional wasteland of the hospital, a tense and unsettling atmosphere is created.
  • Jim walked warily into the drab institutional room, nodding to the inhabitant.
  • The shelter's inside will be brightened up by getting rid of its institutional yellow paint.
impersonal, formal, regimented, uniform, unvaried, monotonous;
insipid, bland, uninteresting, dull;
unappealing, uninviting, unattractive, unwelcoming, dreary, drab, colorless;
stark, spartan, bare, clinical, sterile, austere
1.2Expressed or organized in the form of institutions: institutional religion
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  • Here, Chris focuses on what Weber called instrumental rationality, as exemplified in institutional religion.
  • Nor is it critique of institutional religion - as if church hypocrisy or narrow dogma were keeping out the living God.
  • Could institutional religion have outlived its usefulness?
organized, established, bureaucratic, conventional, procedural, prescribed, set, routine, formal, systematic, systematized, methodical, businesslike, orderly, coherent, structured, regulated
1.3Established as a convention or norm in an organization or culture: institutional racism
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  • The same cannot always be said for electric utilities, which are prone to conservatism and institutional inertia.
  • The media of course has an institutional bias against good news.
  • Affirmative action addresses entrenched company behaviours and helps to highlight institutional hiring biases.
1.4(Of advertising) intended to create prestige rather than immediate sales.
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  • Institutional advertising ‘sells’ the company's brand, mission, reputation and values.



Pronunciation: /ˌinstəˈt(y)o͞oSH(ə)n(ə)lˌizəm/
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  • We have no such bricks-and-mortar institutionalism to counter, nor a safe structure within which to slowly develop.
  • On the other hand, one can consider liberalism or liberal institutionalism as an alternative to realism and neorealism.
  • One adaptation of an approach that was originally applied to the study of domestic politics that Hix drew upon was new institutionalism.

Words that rhyme with institutional

constitutional, evolutional, substitutional

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Syllabification: in·sti·tu·tion·al

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