in·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al | \ ˌin(t)-stə-ˈt(y)ü-shnəl How to pronounce institutional (audio) , -shə-nᵊl \

Definition of institutional

1 : of or relating to an institution institutional knowledge
2 : characteristic of or appropriate to institutions bland institutional cooking institutional green walls

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Other Words from institutional

institutionally adverb

Examples of institutional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most Group of Five conference schools are subsidized somewhere between 60% and 90% from institutional support and student fees. David Ridpath, The Conversation, "Is NCAA football too big to fail?," 21 Aug. 2020 However, the Prince clearly never got the chance to make institutional change prior to stepping back from his official duties. Annie Goldsmith, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Doesn't Like Wearing Ties (or Any Formal Attire, Really)," 15 Aug. 2020 Gloria still may have the upper hand with all his institutional support. Michael Smolens Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Barbara Bry takes center stage in mayor’s race — for now," 14 Aug. 2020 Student leaders at Washington and Lee University have asked that the name of the school be changed, that the glorification of Confederate General Robert E. Lee on the campus end, and that those steps be followed by lasting institutional change., "Richmond removes second Confederate statue as crowd cheers," 2 July 2020 Her work has been shown in more than two dozen exhibitions and appears in 10 institutional collections., "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 4 Sep. 2020 The university’s institutional animal care and use committee is also conducting an internal investigation, which will take several weeks to complete, OHSU said. Max Egener, oregonlive, "Animal rights group files federal complaint over deaths of 2 monkeys at primate center," 2 Sep. 2020 After all, anti-fatness is a complex web of institutional and public policies, cultural practices, personal beliefs, individual actions, and more. Your Fat Friend, SELF, "Please Don’t Bring Up ‘Skinny Shaming’ When We Talk About Fat Shaming," 1 Sep. 2020 In order to haul America down the slippery slope toward either fascism or communism, a president would have to mow down a whole lot of institutional speed bumps. Rachel Marsden, Star Tribune, "Neither fascism nor communism is coming to America," 1 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of institutional

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Institutional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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