Definition of institutionalized adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also -ised) adjective
    BrE BrE//ˌɪnstɪˈtjuːʃənəlaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnstɪˈtuːʃənəlaɪzd//
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  1. 1(usually disapproving) that has happened or been done for so long that it is considered normal institutionalized racism
  2. 2(of people) lacking the ability to live and think independently because they have spent so long in an institution institutionalized patients
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