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 (ĭn′stĭ-to͞o′shə-nə-lĭz′əm, -tyo͞o′-)
1. Adherence to or belief in established forms, especially belief in organized religion.
2. Use of public institutions for the care of people who are physically or mentally disabled, criminally delinquent, or incapable of independent living.

in′sti·tu′tion·al·ist n.


the system of or belief in institutions
ˌinstiˈtutionalist n


(ˌɪn stɪˈtu ʃə nlˌɪz əm, -ˈtyu-)

1. the system or advocacy of institutions devoted to public, charitable, or other purposes.
2. attachment to established institutions, as of religion.
3. the policy or practice of using public institutions to house people considered incapable of caring for themselves.
in`sti•tu′tion•al•ist, n.


1. the system of institutions or organized societies devoted to public, political, or charitable, or similar purposes.
2. a strong attachment to established institutions, as political systems or religions. — institutionalist, n.
See also: Politics
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