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Definitions of institution

  1. a hospital for mentally incompetent or unbalanced person
  2. an organization founded and united for a specific purpose
  3. an establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated
  4. a custom that for a long time has been an important feature of some group or society; " the institution of marriage"; " the institution of slavery"; " he had become an institution in the theater"
  5. The act or process of instituting; as: ( a) Establishment; foundation; enactment; as, the institution of a school.
  6. Instruction; education.
  7. 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.
  8. That which instituted or established
  9. Established order, method, or custom; enactment; ordinance; permanent form of law or polity.
  10. An established or organized 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.
  11. Anything forming a characteristic and persistent feature in social or national life or habits.
  12. That which institutes or instructs; a textbook; a system of elements or rules; an institute.
  13. The act of establishing; that which is established; an organized body or society for promoting a particular object; the building where such a society meets; an establishment, especially one of public character; as, an almshouse is a charitable institution.
  14. Institutional.
  15. A building or establishment for the promotion of some literary, educational, scientific, or philanthropic purpose.
  16. The act of instituting or establishing: that which is instituted or established: foundation: established order: enactment: a society established for some object: that which institutes or instructs: a system of principles or rules.
  17. That which is instituted; an established order.
  18. A corporate body, or the building occupied by it.
  19. The act of instituting.
  20. Institutor.
  21. The act of instituting; that which is instituted; establishment; enactment; law; foundation; education; instruction; a society established for promoting any object, public or social; the act or ceremony of investing a clergyman with the spiritual part of a benefice.
  22. That which is prescribed or founded by authority; an establishment, public or social; a system or society established for promoting a particular object; the ceremony of investing a clergyman with the spiritual part of a benefice.
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Usage examples for institution

  1. " I do not believe," she said, " that that institution will succeed. – The House of Martha by Frank R. Stockton
  2. There is also, and justly, a religion of patriotism, which regards the country as a divine institution. – The Sources Of Religious Insight by Josiah Royce
  3. It is an institution however curious enough to be the subject of an interesting discussion, which he should be happy to see from the hands of one able to do it justice. – The Grounds of Christianity Examined by Comparing The New Testament with the Old by George Bethune English
  4. The institution is doing a large and splendid work. – On the Firing Line in Education by Adoniram Judson Ladd
  5. Lesson 20, The church as a social institution. – Community Civics and Rural Life by Arthur W. Dunn
  6. I wish you to return the Compliment by going with me to see a Poem I have hung up for the Prize in the Lecture Room of the Surry Institution. – Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends by John Keats
  7. This had occurred long before our entrance into the institution. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  8. That condition of life whereby man ceased to be a member of a family invested with reciprocal obligations and rights, came in fine to be regarded, not as a person, but as the thing of another man, that is the institution which man had made for himself in the interval between the dispersion of Babel and the commencement of authentic history in each nation. – Church and State as Seen in the Formation of Christendom by T. W. Allies
  9. Slavery was regarded as strictly a domestic institution. – The Anti-Slavery Crusade Volume 28 In The Chronicles Of America Series by Jesse Macy
  10. I might have taken some other and more popular method of drawing your attention to this institution. – Sermons on National Subjects by Charles Kingsley
  11. There's another institution like it for the navy. – Captain Jinks, Hero by Ernest Crosby
  12. Every year, about one hundred girls leave this institution, to take their positions in life. – The Education of American Girls by Anna Callender Brackett
  13. The number of the members was originally fixed at thirty- one, including the sovereign, as the head and chief of the institution. – The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton
  14. Now a brigade is distinctly an institution of the Honourable the Hudson's Bay Company. – The Silent Places by Steward Edward White
  15. There still remained, however, one institution that other nations have made useful in war, namely, the organization of religion. – The Soul of a People by H. Fielding
  16. It is true that it is difficult to secure skilled help, for there is no sort of institution that trains men and women for the different kinds of hotel work. – Guide to Hotel Housekeeping by Mary E. Palmer
  17. Yes, sir, marriage is a great thing- a great institution. – Perfect Behavior A Guide for Ladies and Gentlemen in all Social Crises by Donald Ogden Stewart
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