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Definition of "institutionalism" [institutionalism]

  • Adherence to or belief in established forms, especially belief in organized religion. (noun)
  • Use of public institutions for the care of people who are physically or mentally disabled, criminally delinquent, or incapable of independent living. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "institutionalism" in a sentence
  • "Christianity, as opposed to institutionalism, is gaining ground, Individual religious experience as opposed to external authority is becoming "The impregnable rock" of faith."
  • "A brief comment about the new foreword; BXVI, intelligently, says that the mystic eastern religions, 'part of them', distance themselves from institutionalism and dogma."
  • "It is a similar British institutionalism that has made relations with "traditional" media companies agonisingly difficult."