institutional

adjective
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

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So, is crypto the next big thing in institutional investment, or is this fighting over scraps? Gregory Barber, WIRED, "The Serious Money Is Warming to Bitcoin," 16 Aug. 2019 However, the school’s co-institutional approach is perhaps what makes St. John Paul II most unique. Andrew J. Campa, Burbank Leader, "St. John Paul II STEM Academy opens with small but hopeful class," 13 Aug. 2019 Then the unfair policy quietly evolves into institutional policy. Scooby Axson, SI.com, "Rich Paul: New NCAA Rule Regarding Agents Makes No Sense," 12 Aug. 2019 The institutional response in China has been feeble. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "The untold story of the ‘circle of trust’ behind the world’s first gene-edited babies," 1 Aug. 2019 Historically, a Republican challenger often has little to no chance of success against an incumbent, considering their fundraising and institutional power. Katherine J Igoe, Marie Claire, "Who Is Joe Walsh, Potentially a Republican Challenger to President Trump?," 22 Aug. 2019 Investors, consultants, and institutional builders believe the sector will still see high demand, even as the peak of the millennial demographic has passed their college-age years. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Back on campus, students confront a challenging housing market," 20 Aug. 2019 The opposition -- the Sudanese Professional (SPA) -- put forward Ahmed Al-Rabee, a schoolteacher earning the equivalent of around $33 a month and emblematic of the economic hardship faced by professionals amid Sudan's institutional corruption. Yasir Abdalla, Sheena Mckenzie And Nima Elbagir, CNN, "Sudan just got a step closer to full democracy. Big obstacles remain," 17 Aug. 2019 Rifield was an unofficial historian of the Vogue brand, as well as a keeper of its institutional memory. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Remembering the Fashion Figures We Lost in 2018," 3 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of institutional

1617, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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