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


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.

Origin of institutional

First recorded in 1610–20; institution + -al1
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British Dictionary definitions for institutionally


/ (ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃənəl) /


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 institutionally



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

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