re·​in·​sti·​tu·​tion·​al·​i·​za·​tion (ˌ)rē-ˌin(t)-stə-ˌt(y)ü-shnə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce reinstitutionalization (audio)
: the act or process of institutionalizing someone or something again
reinstitutionalization of dangerous criminals

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Eventually, deinstitutionalization turned into reinstitutionalization as prisons replaced hospitals as the biggest line item in state budgets. Allen Frances, STAT, 12 July 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of reinstitutionalization was in 1952

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“Reinstitutionalization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

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