institutionalism

noun
in·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​ism | \ ˌin(t)-stə-ˈt(y)ü-shnə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce institutionalism (audio) , -shə-nə-ˌli-zəm \

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

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Other Words from institutionalism

institutionalist \ ˌin(t)-​stə-​ˈt(y)ü-​shnə-​list How to pronounce institutionalist (audio) , -​shə-​nə-​list \ noun

Examples of institutionalism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Harris chalks much of this bias up to institutionalism. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The Media Has a Right-Wing Bias. Politico’s Founder Just Admitted It.," 8 Nov. 2019 Promoting this ideology of anti-institutionalism and radical individualism was another way in which American intellectuals were attempting to break Americans away from European culture. Daniel Ross Goodman, National Review, "Walt Whitman, an American," 31 Aug. 2019 When Will and Tom visit a Veterans Affairs facility in an early scene, Ms. Granik visually underscores the building’s chilly institutionalism yet also reminds you of the people inside it. Debra Granik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Leave No Trace’ Is a Very American Story About Survival," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of institutionalism

1862, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Institutionalism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/institutionalism. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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