deinstitutionalization

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Derived from institutionalize.

Noun[edit]

deinstitutionalization (usually uncountable, plural deinstitutionalizations)

  1. the process of abolishing a practice that has been considered a norm
    The government began the deinstitutionalization of background checks for certain Federal jobs.
  2. the process of releasing a person from a facility where their freedom to leave has been restrained
    The deinstitutionalization of minor offenders helps reduce prison overcrowding.
  3. the process of reducing a person's dependence on an institutional environment
    After thirty years in the asylum, deinstitutionalization would present many problems.

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