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institutor

or in·sti·tut·er

[ in-sti-too-ter, -tyoo- ]
/ ˈɪn stɪˌtu tər, -ˌtyu- /
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noun

a person who institutes or founds.
Protestant Episcopal Church. a person who institutes a minister into a parish or church.

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Origin of institutor

1540–50; <Late Latin institūtor, equivalent to institū-, stem of instituere to institute + -tor-tor
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