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


of or relating to organized establishments, foundations, societies, or the like, or to the buildings they occupy: The association offers an institutional membership discount to members of affiliated groups.
of the nature of an established organization or institution: institutional bureaucracy.
relating to or noting a policy, practice, or belief system that has been established as normative or customary throughout an institution or society, particularly as perpetuated in institutions of a public character, as schools, courts, or legislative bodies: institutional racism in the criminal justice system;institutional sexism in academia;institutional prejudice against members of the gay community.
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.
relating to established principles or institutes, especially of jurisprudence.



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Origin of institutional

First recorded in 1610–20; institution + -al1

OTHER WORDS FROM institutional Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for institutional

/ (ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃənəl) /


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

Derived forms of institutional

institutionally, adverb
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