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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from institutional

institutionally adverb

Examples of institutional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To be clear, expertly managing information security risks is now expected of institutional investors and fiduciaries. Michael Sroka, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 That suggests institutional investors were eager to buy the stock, and the higher offering price increases the amount Dutch Bros will raise from the IPO to more than $550 million. oregonlive, 14 Sep. 2021 Chief judges and chief justices, more so than other judges, often think about the institutional legitimacy of the courts. Ariane De Vogue, CNN, 10 Sep. 2021 The university will also be joining a growing group of big institutional investors and governments that are responding to consumer pressure to accelerate de-carbonization efforts. Kevin Crowley, Fortune, 10 Sep. 2021 In a different way, the housing policy recently unveiled by President Joe Biden also includes provisions to aid average homebuyers competing in a tight housing market where institutional investors have become a growing force. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Sep. 2021 Sonnenfeld posited that the dynamic would change if companies felt pressure from key stakeholder groups like customers or institutional investors like big public pension funds. NBC News, 3 Sep. 2021 Rivian’s institutional investors include T. Rowe Price, BlackRock, Soros Fund Management, Fidelity, Coatue and Third Point. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 27 Aug. 2021 The company in early 2002 was hit with a lawsuit from institutional investors charging Gross, his wife and business partner Marcia Goodstein and others with breach of fiduciary duty, self-dealing and financial mismanagement. Cynthia Littleton, Variety, 27 Aug. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'institutional.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of institutional

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About institutional

Time Traveler for institutional

Time Traveler

The first known use of institutional was in 1617

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near institutional



institutional economics

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for institutional

Last Updated

20 Sep 2021

Cite this Entry

“Institutional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on institutional

Nglish: Translation of institutional for Spanish Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!