Definition of institutionalized in English:


Pronunciation /ˌinstəˈt(y)o͞oSH(ə)nəlˌīzd/ /ˌɪnstəˈt(j)uʃ(ə)nəlˌaɪzd/


  • 1Established in practice or custom.

    ‘the danger of discrimination becoming institutionalized’
    • ‘Federal, state, and local governments played a role by removing legal barriers to owning property and gaining citizenship, along with the other forms of institutionalized discrimination they once faced.’
    • ‘And the fact that this protest took place within the larger context of the Democratic National Convention also says a lot about the number of youth taking part in the attack on institutionalized racism in this country.’
    • ‘But my mood changed dramatically in February as struggles heated up against institutionalized racism and the inhumane conditions in the factories that produce Michigan apparel.’
    • ‘The debate - which deserves to be a real one - over whether it makes sense to fund some form of compensation for the consequences of slavery is not advanced by institutionalized dishonesty like this.’
    • ‘When it comes to historical hindsight, modern Christians have a tendency to believe that we would always have sided with the angels, particularly when it comes to opposing institutionalized evil.’
    • ‘But what I encountered was evidence of socio-economic inequalities split along racial lines, and all the telltale signs of institutionalized racism.’
    • ‘Finally, Race is a problem in this country on many levels, but the most pernicious is the institutionalized racism long fostered in the nation's law enforcement bureaucracies at every level.’
    • ‘So, thanks to Dr. Geertz for providing a nice introduction to a discussion of institutionalized racism, ignorance, and education.’
    • ‘I tolerated this institutionalized avarice and cynicism for years because of the occasional artistry of a Sugar Ray Robinson or a Muhammad Ali.’
    • ‘Now it is of course possible that Knafel shares the institute's belief that America still saddles its women with institutionalized sexism.’
    • ‘These volumes are the blueprints of institutionalized American racism in the twentieth century, and they were given away for the cost of postage.’
    • ‘They highlight the rampant institutionalized bias within those agencies and within the Department of Justice against these groups.’
    • ‘My 5-year-old son Luco is just about to have his left cerebral lobe jostled by this institutionalized barbarity.’
    • ‘Nor did anyone seem to care that I did not want to do these things, that the entire experience constituted institutionalized torture.’
    • ‘That's when apartheid - a system of institutionalized racism - came tumbling down a decade ago.’
    • ‘But prostitution is more than ‘work’; it is ‘the most systematic institutionalized reduction of women to sex.’’
    • ‘David Sanjek and Sarah Dougher each tackle the issue of authenticity in music, but Dougher's piece is written from her point of view as a female working musician, and discusses issues of institutionalized sexism.’
    • ‘Yet this novel clearly functions not only to remind readers of the maltreatment of African Americans in the pre-civil rights South but also to highlight the continuing effects of institutionalized racism.’
    • ‘They encompass social practices and institutionalized behavior and fundamentally affect the lives of women.’
    • ‘They stand in relation to the core social facts, institutionalized ways of acting and thinking, as these stand to the morphological, materially embodied features of a society: they manifest themselves in them.’
  • 2Established as part of an official organization.

    ‘one of the most insidious byproducts of the Cold War, institutionalized secrecy’
    • ‘In the absence of organized parties and institutionalized rules and standards, the code of honor channeled and monitored political conflict, and provided weapons of war.’
    • ‘But we see an enormous number of institutionalized restrictions by groups and organizations who are accepting funds from the US Government.’
    • ‘Researchers of deinstitutionalization have argued that economic and technical factors cause organizations to abandon deeply institutionalized practices.’
    • ‘Our objective was to provide a comprehensive examination of how firms resolved the tension between economic pressures to abandon a highly institutionalized practice and social pressures to retain it.’
    • ‘A more complete understanding of organizational and economic change requires us to understand how institutionalized practices erode and make way for the new.’
    • ‘An organization is likely to weigh the very real costs of diminished legitimacy against the benefits of abandoning a deeply institutionalized practice.’
    • ‘I will not here further ponder that question but proceed as if indeed it were justified to regard all instances of as institutionalized practices.’
    • ‘Much of Sufi poetry, love legends included, is an allegorical statement against the established order and the bigotry of institutionalized religion.’
    • ‘It is science that has an institutionalized motivation and justification for allowing ends outside of science to determine the findings of science, for allowing science to be subject to a political agenda.’
    • ‘Bourdieu defines social capital as resources that are gained from institutionalized relationships (for example, belonging to an elite school alumni association).’
    • ‘Pressed by President Woodrow Wilson, the Versailles Conference in 1919 adopted the American program for institutionalized peace in the form of the League of Nations and the World Court.’
    • ‘Notwithstanding the above quotations, the first presidents weren't exactly gung-ho for institutionalized religion, including Christianity, supported or unsupported by the state.’
    • ‘In the absence of a viable and institutionalized left in the United States, his behavior is not really so bizarre.’
    • ‘The absence of institutionalized democracies and the Middle East security dilemma are additional factors.’
    • ‘Chiefdoms characteristically have an ideology, precursor to an institutionalized religion, that buttresses the chief's authority.’
  • 3(of a person) apathetic and dependent after a long period in an institution.

    ‘I became less institutionalized, more able to function as an individual’
    • ‘‘I've never become institutionalized,’ he says.’



/ˌinstəˈt(y)o͞oSH(ə)nəlˌīzd/ /ˌɪnstəˈt(j)uʃ(ə)nəlˌaɪzd/