Definition of institutionalization noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also -isation) noun
    BrE BrE//ˌɪnstɪˌtjuːʃənəlaɪˈzeɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪnstɪˌtuːʃənələˈzeɪʃn//
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  1. 1the fact of being sent to live in an institution such as a prison or hospital for a period of time She came from a background of abuse, poverty and teenage institutionalization.
  2. 2the act of making something become part of an organized system, society or culture, so that it is considered normal the institutionalization of film studies The institutionalization of corruption paralaysed the system.