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[in-sti-too-shuh-nl, -tyoo-]
  1. of, relating to, or established by institution.
  2. of or relating to organized establishments, foundations, societies, or the like, or to the buildings devoted to their work.
  3. of the nature of an institution.
  4. characterized by the blandness, drabness, uniformity, and lack of individualized attention attributed to large institutions that serve many people: institutional food.
  5. (of advertising) having as the primary object the establishment of goodwill and a favorable reputation rather than the immediate sale of the product.
  6. pertaining to institutes or principles, especially of jurisprudence.
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Origin of institutional

First recorded in 1610–20; institution + -al1
Related formsin·sti·tu·tion·al·ly, adverban·ti-in·sti·tu·tion·al, adjectivean·ti-in·sti·tu·tion·al·ly, adverbin·ter·in·sti·tu·tion·al, adjectivein·ter·in·sti·tu·tion·al·ly, adverbnon·in·sti·tu·tion·al, adjectivenon·in·sti·tu·tion·al·ly, adverbun·in·sti·tu·tion·al, adjectiveun·in·sti·tu·tion·al·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for non-institutional

Historical Examples of non-institutional

  • All non-institutional work amongst men is already in Chinese hands.

    The Fulfilment of a Dream of Pastor Hsi's

    A. Mildred Cable

British Dictionary definitions for non-institutional


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of institutions
  2. dull, routine, and uniforminstitutional meals
  3. relating to principles or institutes, esp of law
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Derived Formsinstitutionally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for non-institutional



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

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