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institution +‎ -al.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌɪnstɪˈtjuʃənəl/, /ˌɪnstɪˈtʃuːʃənəl/, /-ʃnəl/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌɪnstɪˈtjuʃənəl/, /ˌɪnstɪˈtuʃənəl/, /-ʃnəl/


institutional (comparative more institutional, superlative most institutional)

  1. Of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or organized along the lines of an institution.
    • 2022 September 7, Dr Joseph Brennan, “Railway towns and a social revolution”, in RAIL, number 965, page 55, photo caption:
      Swindon's Model Lodging House was originally designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. The 1847-1849 recession led to delays and plan revisions, including smaller windows in the finished structure, resulting in a more 'institutional' appearance.
  2. Instituted by authority.
  3. Elementary; rudimentary.
  4. Arising from the practice of an institution.
    • 1999, William MacPherson, The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry, Cm 4262-I, para 6.48
      There must be an unequivocal acceptance of the problem of institutional racism and its nature before it can be addressed

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for “institutional”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.)