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institutional Line breaks: in|sti|tu¦tion¦al
Pronunciation: /ɪnstɪˈtjuːʃ(ə)n(ə)l/

Definition of institutional in English:


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.
1.1(Especially of surroundings) impersonal and unappealing: the rooms are rather drab and institutional
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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.
unappealing, uninviting, off-putting, unattractive, uninteresting, dull, unpleasant, disagreeable;
uniform, unvarying, unvaried, unchanging, monotonous, regimented
informal wishy-washy
dreary, dingy, dismal, gloomy, drab, colourless, grey, grim, cheerless, joyless, sombre, cold, depressing, impersonal, formal, off-putting, unwelcoming, uninviting, forbidding;
desolate, austere, severe, stark, spartan, bare, clinical, sterile
1.2Expressed through 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, accepted, orthodox, conventional, procedural, prescribed, set, routine, customary, formal, systematic, systematized, methodical, businesslike, ready, orderly, coherent, structured, regulated
informal establishment
2(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: /ɪnstɪˈtjuːʃənəlɪz(ə)m/
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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.


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  • Reinforcement was considered superficial when diminution of institutionally provided aversive control was also attached.
  • The only source of power attainable in Ireland today is democracy, institutionally adapted in the case of Northern Ireland to the needs of a deeply divided society.
  • The laws on punishment for corruption are strict and probation or pardons are institutionally restricted, contrary to this country's practice.

Words that rhyme with institutional

constitutional, evolutional, substitutional

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