Definition of institutional in English:


Syllabification: in·sti·tu·tion·al
Pronunciation: /ˌinstiˈt(y)o͞oSHənl


  • 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
  • 1.3(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: /-ˌizəm/
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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.

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