What does institutional mean?

Definitions for institutional
ˌɪn stɪˈtu ʃə nl, -ˈtyu-in·sti·tu·tion·al

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. institutionaladjective

    relating to or constituting or involving an institution

    "institutional policy"

  2. institutionaladjective

    organized as or forming an institution

    "institutional religion"


  1. institutionaladjective

    Of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or organized along the lines of an institution.

  2. institutionaladjective

    Instituted by authority.

  3. institutionaladjective

    elementary; rudimentary


  1. institutional

    Institutions are humanly devised structures of rules and norms that shape and constrain individual behavior. All definitions of institutions generally entail that there is a level of persistence and continuity. Laws, rules, social conventions and norms are all examples of institutions. Institutions vary in their level of formality and informality.Institutions are a principal object of study in social sciences such as political science, anthropology, economics, and sociology (the latter described by Émile Durkheim as the "science of institutions, their genesis and their functioning"). Primary or meta-institutions are institutions such as the family or money that are broad enough to encompass sets of related institutions. Institutions are also a central concern for law, the formal mechanism for political rule-making and enforcement. Historians study and document the founding, growth, decay and development of institutions as part of political, economic and cultural history.


  1. institutional

    Institutional refers to aspects related to or characteristic of an institution, which can be an organization or a structured system dedicated to public service or a particular purpose, such as a government, school, business, or church. It can also pertain to policies, laws, guidelines, customs, and behaviors established and enforced by the institution.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Institutionaladjective

    pertaining to, or treating of, institutions; as, institutional legends

  2. Institutionaladjective

    instituted by authority

  3. Institutionaladjective

    elementary; rudimental

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'institutional' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4409

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'institutional' in Adjectives Frequency: #607

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of institutional in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of institutional in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of institutional in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Schumpeter:

    Democracy is a political method, that is to say, a certain type of institutional arrangement for arriving at political -- legislative and administrative -- decisions and hence incapable of being an end in itself.

  2. Bernie Sanders:

    Now much has changed over the decades, but unfortunately, some things have not. Institutional racism existed then. Institutional racism exist today, the criminal justice system was broken then. The criminal justice system remains broken today. And that's the sad reality of where we are as a country.

  3. Michael Lettieri:

    I don't really want to pick on Lopez Obrador here because none of Lopez Obrador opponents really did either, lopez Obrador anti-corruption approach has generally been panned by people in the anti-corruption community who prefer sort of very technical institutional solutions and Lopez Obrador's philosophy can kind of be distilled down to,' I will not be corrupt. I will be against corruption.' Lopez Obrador idea is that what has been lacking is the institutional will.

  4. Michael Wolff:

    No, but, again its a difference between an institutional reporter and a non-institutional reporter. I dont have to ask the silly questions.

  5. Stefan Worrall:

    In U.S. dollar terms, Japan is significantly underperforming versus the U.S. and some of that may have to do with the fact that it's the end of a financial year and the end of a financial quarter that has been particularly harrowing, so much money in Japan is institutional and for that reason institutional frames of mind prevail, which can cause things to slow down at certain times of year.

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