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institutionalism

[in-sti-too-shuh-nl-iz-uh m, -tyoo-] /ˌɪn stɪˈtu ʃə nlˌɪz əm, -ˈtyu-/
noun
1.
the system of institutions or organized societies devoted to public, charitable, or similar purposes.
2.
strong attachment to established institutions, as of religion.
3.
the policy or practice of using public institutions to house and care for people considered incapable of caring for themselves.
4.
the belief or policy that a church must maintain institutions of education, welfare, etc., for its members.
Origin of institutionalism
1860-1865
First recorded in 1860-65; institutional + -ism
Related forms
institutionalist, noun
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  • The Christian institutionalist is the servant of a grand idea.

    Outspoken Essays William Ralph Inge
  • Protestants have always felt their affinity with this institutionalist, mystics with this disciplinarian.

    Outspoken Essays William Ralph Inge
British Dictionary definitions for institutionalist

institutionalism

/ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃənəˌlɪzəm/
noun
1.
the system of or belief in institutions
Derived Forms
institutionalist, noun
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