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institutionalized

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

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. JohnsonUndoing Time2001


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