institution has definitions from the field of medicine
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[ noun ] an organization founded and united for a specific purpose

Synonyms

establishment

Used in print

(Edward Austin Walton, "On Education for the Interior...)

One or two of the schools have a five year curriculum , but the usual pattern of American education has limited most of them to the four year plan which seems to be the minimum in acceptable institutions .

(Max F. Millikan and Donald L. M. Blackmer,...)

When we look_at countries like Iran , Iraq , Pakistan , and Burma , where substantial progress has been made in creating a minimum supply of modern_men and of social overhead capital , and where institutions of centralized government exist , we find a second category of countries with a different set of problems and hence different priorities for policy .

But these countries have made big strides toward developing the necessary human and social overhead capital ; they have established reasonably stable and effective governmental institutions at national and local levels ; and they have begun to develop a capacity to deal realistically and simultaneously with all the major sectors of their economies .

American and free-world policies can marginally affect the pace of transition ; but basically that pace depends_on changes in the supply of resources and in the human attitudes , political institutions , and social_structure which each society must generate .

(Joyce O. Hertzler, American Social Institutions;...)

In providing for these inner individual functions , religion undertakes in behalf of individual peace_of_mind and well-being services for which there is no other institution .

2
[ noun ] an establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated

Used in print

(Randall Stewart, "A Little History, a Little Honesty: A...)

Is n't it a_bit odd that the three states of Southern New_England ( Massachusetts , Connecticut , and Rhode_Island ) have had state institutions of university status only in the very recent past , these institutions having previously been A_+_M_colleges ?

Is n't it a_bit odd that the three states of Southern New_England ( Massachusetts , Connecticut , and Rhode_Island ) have had state institutions of university status only in the very recent past , these institutions having previously been A_+_M_colleges ?

3
[ noun ] the act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new

Examples

"she looked forward to her initiation as an adult" "the foundation of a new scientific society" "he regards the fork as a modern introduction"

Used in print

(J. W. C. Hagstrom et al., "Debilitating muscular...)

No additional transfusions were necessary after the institution of prednisone in July , 1957 , in an initial dose of 40 mg. daily with gradual tapering to 10 mg. daily .

4
[ noun ] a custom that for a long time has been an important feature of some group or society

Examples

"the institution of marriage" "the institution of slavery" "he had become an institution in the theater"

Used in print

(Kenneth Allsop, The Bootleggers and Their Era...)

Pasley continued : `` They became an institution of the Chicago scene and marked the way to the moral and financial collapse of the municipal and county governments in 1928_-_29 '' .

Related terms

custom levirate

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[ noun ] (medicine) a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person

Related terms

hospital Bedlam commit

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