institutional

[ in-sti-too-shuh-nl, -tyoo- ]
/ ˌɪn stɪˈtu ʃə nl, -ˈtyu- /

adjective

of, relating to, or established by institution.
of or relating to organized establishments, foundations, societies, or the like, or to the buildings devoted to their work.
of the nature of an institution.
characterized by the blandness, drabness, uniformity, and lack of individualized attention attributed to large institutions that serve many people: institutional food.
(of advertising) having as the primary object the establishment of goodwill and a favorable reputation rather than the immediate sale of the product.
pertaining to institutes or principles, especially of jurisprudence.

Nearby words

  1. instinctual,
  2. institute,
  3. instituter,
  4. institutes,
  5. institution,
  6. institutional investor,
  7. institutionalism,
  8. institutionalization,
  9. institutionalize,
  10. institutionally

Origin of institutional

First recorded in 1610–20; institution + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for institutional

institutional

/ (ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃənəl) /

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of institutions
dull, routine, and uniforminstitutional meals
relating to principles or institutes, esp of law
Derived Formsinstitutionally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for institutional

institutional

adj.

1610s, from institution + -al (1).

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