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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institutionally adverb

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Goldman’s institutional client services division, which contains the firm’s trading operations, posted net revenues of $3.57 billion in the quarter, up 17 percent from a year earlier. Ken Sweet, The Seattle Times, "Goldman Sachs’ 2Q profit up 44 pct; CEO Blankfein to retire," 17 July 2018 The position is a new role that oversees the businesses which serve retail and institutional clients. Rick Rothacker, charlotteobserver, "Major Charlotte financial firm names new leader for retail, institutional units," 13 June 2018 One of his institutional reforms is a new bankruptcy law, which was approved in February, the kingdom’s first. The Economist, "A judge blames many parties in the Gulf’s biggest-ever corporate scandal," 9 June 2018 The case surfaced while an Iconiq joint venture sought to raise money from institutional clients for a fund focusing on investments in data centers. Simone Foxman,, "Iconiq Fires Manager Over Old Sex Charge," 20 May 2018 The State Street unit the men worked for helped institutional clients move investments among asset managers and liquidate large portfolios. Patricia Hurtado,, "Former State Street executive charged with fraud," 4 May 2018 Currently, such a determination applies to immigrants who use only two benefits: cash assistance such as welfare, and subsidies for long-term institutional care. Nina Shapiro, The Seattle Times, "As Trump considers penalties, Seattle-area immigrants turn down public benefits they’re entitled to claim," 13 Aug. 2018 Because medical foster homes are not considered institutional care, the VA is not allowed to pay for it directly. Patricia Kime, CNN, "Heroes and angels: Veterans find care in foster homes," 5 June 2018 The institutional challenges were evident in a rare pay-gap dispute last year before the new law took effect. Elisabeth Behrmann,, "Germany’s Big Pay-Gap Problem," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of institutional

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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