Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to an institution or institutions.
  • adjective Organized as or forming an institution.
  • adjective Characteristic or suggestive of an institution, especially in being uniform, dull, or unimaginative.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of or pertaining to an institution or to institutions; of the nature of an institution; instituted; organized.
  • Relating to elementary knowledge; elementary; institutionary.
  • Relating to the office of institution.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to, or treating of, an institution or institutions.
  • adjective Instituted by authority.
  • adjective Elementary; rudimental.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of, pertaining to, characteristic of, or organized along the lines of an institution.
  • adjective Instituted by authority.
  • adjective elementary; rudimentary

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective relating to or constituting or involving an institution
  • adjective organized as or forming an institution

Etymologies

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institution +‎ -al

Examples

  • But coincidences of this kind -- which permit imposition of exceptional harm on one group provided the primary purpose of the harm is making money -- are precisely what is meant by the term "institutional racism."

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  • Ten years since Macpherson published his devastating report about the failings of the Metropolitan police in the wake of the Stephen Lawrence murder, the term institutional racism has been officially laid to rest.

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  • So they have dual personalities when they shoot at each other as a member of the MILF and the other as an Armed Forces of the Philippines, it becomes another layer, which we call an institutional war, Moya said.

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  • Mr. Anderson said his suit wouldn't interfere with the prosecution of Mr. Sandusky, because the suit is more about illuminating what he called "institutional concealment" at Penn State and Second Mile than punishing Mr. Sandusky.

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  • So they have dual personalities when they shoot at each other as a member of the MILF and the other as an Armed Forces of the Philippines, it becomes another layer, which we call an institutional war, Moya said.

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  • And third, economic growth and what we call institutional efforts, to help the Palestinians improve their economy and to encourage the current prime minister -- an impressive person, Salaam Fayyad -- who is trying to build from the ground up the institutions of governance that will be able to govern effectively on day one of the Palestinian state.

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  • When we went there to do reports on this, we found very clearly that the people were not voting for Hamas for any religious or militant views or reasons, but rather because they had become fed up with what they call the institutional corruption of Fatah and the ineffectiveness of Fatah.

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  • Mr. Anderson said his lawsuit wouldn't interfere with the criminal prosecution of Mr. Sandusky, because his case is more about illuminating what he called "institutional concealment" at Penn State and Second Mile.

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  • And third, economic growth and what we call institutional efforts, to help the Palestinians improve their economy and to encourage the current prime minister -- an impressive person, Salaam Fayyad -- who is trying to build from the ground up the institutions of governance that will be able to govern effectively on day one of the Palestinian state.

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  • Some percentage of your sales is to what I call institutional feeders, schools, hospitals.

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