institutionalized

adjective
in·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​ized | \ ˌin(t)-stə-ˈt(y)ü-sh(ə-)nə-ˌlīzd How to pronounce institutionalized (audio) \

Definition of institutionalized

1a : created and controlled by an established organization institutionalized housing institutionalized religion
b : established as a common and accepted part of a system or culture institutionalized beliefs and practices
2 : placed in the care of a specialized institution At first, the researchers … confine their studies to serial killers, mass murderers, institutionalized sociopaths …— Marilyn Stasio

First Known Use of institutionalized

1869, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of institutionalized was in 1869

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23 Aug 2022

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“Institutionalized.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/institutionalized. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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institutionalized

adjective
in·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​ized
variants: or chiefly British institutionalised \ ˌin(t)-​stə-​ˈt(y)ü-​shnəl-​ˌīzd, -​shən-​ᵊl-​ How to pronounce institutionalized (audio) \

Medical Definition of institutionalized

: accustomed so firmly to the care and routine of an institution as to find independent life in the outside world difficult or unmanageable Many prisoners who only need a drug or alcohol program become more institutionalized with each mandatory return.— Robert L. Johnson, Undoing Time

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