[ in-sti-too-shuh-nl-iz-uh m, -tyoo- ]
/ ˌɪn stɪˈtu ʃə nlˌɪz əm, -ˈtyu- /


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

First recorded in 1860–65; institutional + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM institutionalism

in·sti·tu·tion·al·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for institutionalism

/ (ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃənəˌlɪzəm) /


the system of or belief in institutions

Derived forms of institutionalism

institutionalist, noun
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