deinstitutionalization

noun
de·​in·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​i·​za·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌin(t)-stə-ˌtü-shə-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce deinstitutionalization (audio) , -ˌtyü- \

Definition of deinstitutionalization

1 : the release of institutionalized individuals from institutional care (as in a psychiatric hospital) to care in the community
2 : the reform or modification of an institution to remove or disguise its institutional character

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deinstitutionalize \ (ˌ)dē-​ˌin(t)-​stə-​ˈtü-​shə-​nə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce deinstitutionalize (audio) , -​ˈtyü-​ \ transitive verb

Examples of deinstitutionalization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the same time, the process of deinstitutionalization — the discharge of unwell patients from mental asylums — had begun in earnest. Michael J. Lewis, National Review, "The Death of Public Beauty," 3 Sep. 2020 Even now, decades after deinstitutionalization, communities are trying to rebuild resources and safety nets. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, "Defund police? Some cities have already started, investing in mental health instead," 23 June 2020 Distribution Centers' Many of the original architects of the prevention fad later realized their errors, when the failures of deinstitutionalization became too obvious to deny. John Hirschauer, National Review, "D. J. Jaffe, RIP," 27 Aug. 2020 That sentiment echoes the latest foray in a much larger, longer-running push for deinstitutionalization. Michael Schulson, Quartz, "Coronavirus is renewing a call to abolish nursing homes," 25 June 2020 That sentiment echoes the latest foray in a much larger, longer-running push for deinstitutionalization. Michael Schulson, Quartz, "Coronavirus is renewing a call to abolish nursing homes," 25 June 2020 That sentiment echoes the latest foray in a much larger, longer-running push for deinstitutionalization. Michael Schulson, Quartz, "Coronavirus is renewing a call to abolish nursing homes," 25 June 2020 But the move toward deinstitutionalization, critics says, has been too modest. Michael Schulson, Quartz, "Coronavirus is renewing a call to abolish nursing homes," 25 June 2020 But the move toward deinstitutionalization, critics say, has been too modest. Michael Schulson/undark, Popular Science, "The pandemic has shown how unsafe nursing homes can be. But is there a better option?," 22 June 2020

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First Known Use of deinstitutionalization

1955, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Deinstitutionalization.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deinstitutionalization. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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deinstitutionalization

noun
de·​in·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​iza·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌin(t)-stə-ˌt(y)üsh-nə-lə-ˈzā-shən, -ˌt(y)ü-shən-ᵊl-ə-ˈzā- How to pronounce deinstitutionalization (audio) \

Medical Definition of deinstitutionalization

: the release of institutionalized individuals from institutional care (as in a psychiatric hospital) to care in the community

Other Words from deinstitutionalization

deinstitutionalize \ -​ˈt(y)üsh-​nə-​ˌlīz, -​ˈt(y)ü-​shən-​ᵊl-​ˌīz How to pronounce deinstitutionalize (audio) \ transitive verb deinstitutionalized; deinstitutionalizing

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