[ in-sti-too-shuh-nl-ahy-zey-shuhn, -tyoo- ]
/ ˌɪn stɪˌtu ʃə nlˌaɪˈzeɪ ʃən, -ˌtyu- /
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the act or process of establishing a group, movement, program, etc., as a permanent and publicly recognized entity for the promotion of a particular cause:The study measures the level of institutionalization of 28 African political parties based on four dimensions: roots in society, level of organization, autonomy, and coherence.The introduction of clearly designated offices of leadership, like elders and bishops, marked a growing institutionalization of the church.
the process of making a principle or pattern of behavior into a normative policy or practice perpetuated in public establishments such as schools, courts, legislative bodies, etc.:We are committed to the institutionalization of racial and gender equality.
the act or practice of placing a person into a care facility, as for elderly people or those with mental illness, addiction, disabilities, etc.:The downside is that institutionalization severely limits a person's ability to interact with family and friends, to work, and to participate in community life.
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Origin of institutionalization
OTHER WORDS FROM institutionalizationre·in·sti·tu·tion·al·i·za·tion, noun
Words nearby institutionalization
institutes, institution, institutional, institutional investor, institutionalism, institutionalization, institutionalize, institutional racism, institutionary, institutive, institutor
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How to use institutionalization in a sentence
With antidepressants, he was not institutionalized and he could have plenty of sex with partners who were generally happy that premature ejaculation was the least of their worries.Erection Depressions|Eugene Robinson|December 22, 2020|Ozy
Unlike Maryland, national costs for institutionalization as opposed to HCBS do not differ by an order of magnitude.Medicaid Will Give You Money for At-Home Care, but You Might Wait Years|Elizabeth Picciuto|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The thing that concerns me the most is the institutionalization of some of these policies.Laura Poitras on Snowden's Unrevealed Secrets|Marlow Stern|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps we should have easier institutionalization of the mentally ill, and damn the Bill of Rights.There's Little We Can Do to Prevent Another Massacre|Megan McArdle|December 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST