Definition of institutional in English:



  • 1Of, in, or like an institution or institutions.

    ‘institutional care’
    ‘an institutional investor’
    • ‘In contrast, it plans to cut the amount of red tape covering those products available only to institutional and expert investors.’
    • ‘Caring for someone in their own home is very different from institutional care.’
    • ‘As planning moved from theory to institutional practice, master plans emerged as metropolitan blueprints.’
    • ‘It may be that institutional care is the only appropriate means by which to keep them.’
    • ‘Of course, it also raises issues of logistics and institutional practice patterns.’
    • ‘Research tended to be critical of police practice, whatever its institutional base.’
    • ‘All procedures involving animals conformed to federal and institutional animal care guidelines.’
    • ‘Moreover, it may reduce the risk of an influenza outbreak that will disrupt daily institutional life and care.’
    • ‘Of those who survive, about another 20% will end up in institutional care who weren't in that before the stroke.’
    • ‘Most fund companies serve both institutional and individual investors.’
    • ‘He does, however, reflect a shift in writers' economic practices and the institutional conditions of freelance practice.’
    • ‘About half of the patients in these hospitals are in long term institutional care.’
    • ‘The sale will be open to both institutional and individual investors, Great Wall said, giving no date for the proposed issue.’
    • ‘Participants were also questioned regarding their institutional practices and policies related to blood wastage.’
    • ‘The real problem is how to practice your craft without institutional support.’
    • ‘All of these characteristics are said to exist in individual attitudes as well as in institutional practices.’
    • ‘Institutional Biosafety Committees are the cornerstone of institutional oversight of recombinant DNA research.’
    • ‘Second, institutional repositories aim to preserve and make accessible digital content on a long-term basis.’
    • ‘One of Royal Bank's major institutional shareholders believes investors should stick with the Edinburgh-based financial giant for some time yet.’
    • ‘According to Kuenssberg, the company already has commitments totalling £3m from a mix of institutional and private investors.’
    1. 1.1Unappealing or unimaginative.
      ‘institutional chocolate-colored paint’
      • ‘Jim walked warily into the drab institutional room, nodding to the inhabitant.’
      • ‘It felt institutional and antiseptic and I kept sensing ghosts and shadows.’
      • ‘Coupled with the bleached out grey/green institutional wasteland of the hospital, a tense and unsettling atmosphere is created.’
      • ‘The shelter's inside will be brightened up by getting rid of its institutional yellow paint.’
      • ‘It was still dull, institutional grey, with the orange Sheppard's sign on the side.’
      • ‘Wood boards break up the monotony of institutional metal railings.’
    2. 1.2Expressed or organized in the form of institutions.
      ‘institutional religion’
      • ‘There is something in the institutional church that is so much engaged in self-preservation that it is going to destroy itself.’
      • ‘The social group may be a formal religion or a more informal group that is not affiliated with institutional religion.’
      • ‘The detention of children without a coherent rationale is institutional child abuse.’
      • ‘Ironically, therefore, institutional religion is a product of secularization.’
      • ‘Searching for proof of institutional religion in two artists who no longer practiced the faiths of their childhoods is an inexact science.’
      • ‘In 1974, Don Yoder defined ‘folk religion’ as existing alongside but apart from institutional religion.’
      • ‘Indeed, Jandoo said that most large organisations are guilty of institutional racism.’
      • ‘Here, Chris focuses on what Weber called instrumental rationality, as exemplified in institutional religion.’
      • ‘His criticisms offer examples of what generally happens in institutional religion.’
      • ‘Here, institutional religion itself strikes one as an example at one extreme.’
      • ‘Could institutional religion have outlived its usefulness?’
      • ‘The institutional Buddhists, as I've described, they were trying to show the State how they could serve the State's interest.’
      • ‘Many people, disappointed with institutional religion, prefer to speak the language of spirituality.’
      • ‘Stepping back or getting out of institutional religion is quite an experience.’
      • ‘The alienation between institutional religion and the art world has been mutually reinforcing for over a century.’
      • ‘Today, perhaps more than ever before, religionists feel the tension between institutional faith and civil liberties.’
      • ‘The age in which institutional religion holds appeal is passing away.’
      • ‘Nor is it critique of institutional religion - as if church hypocrisy or narrow dogma were keeping out the living God.’
      • ‘The ideas of tradition and continuity are prominent in the third quotation, and they are used to defend institutional religion.’
      • ‘Slavery was an institutional given in ancient times, and continued to be that in almost the entire world through the eighteenth century.’
    3. 1.3Established as a convention or norm in an organization or culture.
      ‘institutional racism’
      • ‘My concern is that in adopting the term 'gender equality' we implicitly deny that there is systemic, institutional discrimination against women.’
      • ‘Both are particularly known for their work on institutional corruption as it affects government and politics.’
      • ‘When 6 players test positive it is not an "individual problem" it's a systemic institutional problem that starts at the top.’
      • ‘The media of course has an institutional bias against good news.’
      • ‘Affirmative action addresses entrenched company behaviours and helps to highlight institutional hiring biases.’
      • ‘The moral blindness and institutional prejudice of those who worked the apparatus of apartheid shocks me still.’
      • ‘Jay said that for years there was an undeniable culture of institutional sexism.’
      • ‘I think institutional sexism is a really intractable issue on Wall Street.’
      • ‘Some of these cultures are due to national behaviours but some are also due to ingrained institutional or corporate behaviours.’
      • ‘The same cannot always be said for electric utilities, which are prone to conservatism and institutional inertia.’
    4. 1.4(of advertising) intended to create prestige rather than immediate sales.
      • ‘Institutional advertising ‘sells’ the company's brand, mission, reputation and values.’