institutionalism

noun in·sti·tu·tion·al·ism \ ˌin(t)-stə-ˈt(y)ü-shnə-ˌli-zəm , -shə-nə-ˌli-zəm \
|Updated on: 3 Jul 2018

Definition of institutionalism

1 : emphasis on organization (as in religion) at the expense of other factors
2 : public institutional care of disabled, delinquent, or dependent persons
3 : an economic school of thought that emphasizes the role of social institutions in influencing economic behavior

institutionalist

play \ˌin(t)-stə-ˈt(y)ü-shnə-list, -shə-nə-list\ noun

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1862

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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