non·​in·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al | \ ˌnän-ˌin(t)-stə-ˈt(y)ü-shnəl How to pronounce noninstitutional (audio) , -shə-nᵊl \

Definition of noninstitutional

1 : not belonging to, relating to, characteristic of, or appropriate to an institution : not institutional noninstitutional care for the elderly … these noninstitutional, homey settings are … an appealing alternative to a hospital delivery room.— Barbara M. Swanson
2 : not placed in the care of an institution : noninstitutionalized the noninstitutional population

Examples of noninstitutional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Census population estimates include people living in institutional settings like prisons and nursing homes and noninstitutional settings such as college dorms and military barracks. Kristi Tanner, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit still losing people but — oh, man — not like Fife Lake Twp.," 24 May 2018 Eckhart was part of an international grassroots movement, longing for noninstitutional union with the divine. John Timpane,, "'Dangerous Mystic': A true, gripping tale of a man's perilous search for God," 6 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of noninstitutional

1877, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Noninstitutional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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