in·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al | \ˌin(t)-stə-ˈt(y)ü-shnəl, -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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Clearly, there can’t be widespread institutional bias against both sides, but arbitrary enforcement of the rules would certainly give both sides the impression that they’re being punished for crimes other people get away with. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "Death of a provocateur," 30 Nov. 2018 All of that means there’s a lot more institutional room to admit failure. Kelsey Piper, Vox, "A charity just admitted that its program wasn’t working. That’s a big deal.," 29 Nov. 2018 Poor folk—especially those of color—had to be warehoused in jails and rich folk had to be safeguarded their institutional sinecures. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Who's Up For Burning It All Down?," 6 Oct. 2018 One thing that's for sure is that Epstein and Else's departures signal that there's a bigger institutional issue at hand, and lip service from the NFLPA will not cut it., "What Is The NFL Players Association Really Doing To Prevent Domestic Violence?," 18 June 2018 In the past year, #MeToo victories have peeled away thick layers misogyny long preserved by institutional privilege. Rafia Zakaria, The New Republic, "On Sending Women Home to Die," 18 June 2018 Her implicit argument is that any suggestion of presidential wrongdoing in 2016 is invalid since there is institutional bias against Trump. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Report on FBI brings the 2016 campaign roaring back," 15 June 2018 Becharas Brothers is now the last institutional coffee manufacturer in metro Detroit. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "46 years later, Highland Park's Becharas coffee still good to drink," 6 June 2018 There can be institutional consequences to how reports of harassment are dealt with, depending on how the expedition was organized. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "The Many Ways Women Get Left Out of Paleontology," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of institutional

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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