[in-sti-too-shuh-nl-iz-uh m, -tyoo-]
- the system of institutions or organized societies devoted to public, charitable, or similar purposes.
- strong attachment to established institutions, as of religion.
- the policy or practice of using public institutions to house and care for people considered incapable of caring for themselves.
- the belief or policy that a church must maintain institutions of education, welfare, etc., for its members.
Origin of institutionalism
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Examples from the Web for institutionalism
The third difficulty of the rural school system is its institutionalism.Rural Problems of Today
Ernest R. Groves
It is a picture of the paralyzing effect of tradition and institutionalism on all human life, growth, and change.The Social Significance of the Modern Drama
We have spoken of the Master's rebukes of any form of institutionalism which stands in the way of human rights.Understanding the Scriptures
In the last resort, criticism of the Church, of Christian institutionalism, is really criticism of ourselves.The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day
But he was in constant rebellion against the academic world and, indeed, against all institutionalism.The Critical Game
John Albert Macy
- the system of or belief in institutions
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