Definition of Institution

1. Noun. An organization founded and united for a specific purpose.

2. Noun. An establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated.

3. Noun. A custom that for a long time has been an important feature of some group or society. "He had become an institution in the theater"
Generic synonyms: Custom, Tradition
Specialized synonyms: Levirate

4. Noun. The act of starting something for the first time; introducing something new. "The foundation of a new scientific society"

5. Noun. A hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person.

Definition of Institution

1. n. The act or process of instituting; as: (a) Establishment; foundation; enactment; as, the institution of a school.

Definition of Institution

1. Noun. An established organisation, especially one dedicated to education, public service, culture or the care of the destitute, poor etc. ¹

2. Noun. The building which houses such an organisation. ¹

3. Noun. A custom or practice of a society or community - marriage for example. ¹

4. Noun. (informal) A person long established with a certain place or position. ¹

5. Noun. The act of instituting. ¹

6. Noun. (obsolete) That which institutes or instructs; a textbook or system of elements or rules. ¹

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Definition of Institution

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Medical Definition of Institution

1. 1. The act or process of instituting; as: Establishment; foundation; enactment; as, the institution of a school. "The institution of God's law is described as being established by solemn injunction." (Hooker) Instruction; education. The act or ceremony of investing a clergyman with the spiritual part of a benefice, by which the care of souls is committed to his charge. 2. That which instituted or established; as: Established order, method, or custom; enactment; ordinance; permanent form of law or polity. "The nature of our people, Our city's institutions." (Shak) An established or organised society or corporation; an establishment, especially of a public character, or affecting a community; a foundation; as, a literary institution; a charitable institution; also, a building or the buildings occupied or used by such organization; as, the Smithsonian Institution. Anything forming a characteristic and persistent feature in social or national life or habits. "We ordered a lunch (the most delightful of English institutions, next to dinner) to be ready against our return." (Hawthorne) 3. That which institutes or instructs; a textbook; a system of elements or rules; an institute. "There is another manuscript, of above three hundred years old, . . . Being an institution of physic." (Evelyn) Origin: L. Institutio: cf. F. Institution. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Institution

instinctive drift
instinctive reflex
institute of medicine
institution (current term)
institutional advancement
institutional framework
institutional management teams
institutional practice
institutional racism

Literary usage of Institution

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, Henry Reeve, John Canfield Spencer (1848)
"TRIAL BY JURY IN THE UNITED STATES CONSIDERED AS A POLITICAL institution. Trial by Jury, which is one of the Instruments of the Sovereignty of the People, ..."

2. Journal by Chartered Insurance Institute (1897)
"We owe a very great debt indeed to our kind ho-ts t lie institution of Civil Engineers for the benefit which we enjoy ..."

3. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting (1908)
"THE MISSION OF THE PACIFIC SCIENTIFIC institution REMARKS OF MR. WILLIAM ALANSON BRYAN Ladies and Gentlemen: Fortunately there are many present who need not ..."

4. Annual Report (1897)
"Financial assistance on the part of the State to a private institution should ... The Board recommends for this institution a maintenance appropriation of ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1917)
"SCIENCE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14, 1917 CONTENTS The Carnegie institution and the Public: ... Thus, in accordance with this view, the institution is frequently ..."

6. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"—To Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, belongs the honor of being the first institution of collegiate rank to admit women. Opened in 1833 as Oberlin Collegiate ..."

7. Bulletin by Federal Board for Vocational Education, United States (1917)
"May the State legislature require a State board to designate a particular institution as the place for teacher-training, in so far as Federal funds are ..."

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