What is institution?

  • (noun): An establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated.
    See also — Additional definitions below


An institution is any structure or mechanism of social order and cooperation governing the behavior of a set of individuals within a given community — may it be human or a specific animal one. Institutions are identified with a social purpose, transcending individuals and intentions by mediating the rules that govern cooperative living behavior.

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Some articles on institution:

Jommeke - Main Characters - Koningin Van Onderland
... parents of the children and brought to a mental institution ... sometimes but Jommeke keeps on putting her back in the institution ... album 249 the queen of the underworld is released from the institution an she stays in her castle now ...
Carnegie Classification Of Institutions Of Higher Education - Undergraduate Profile - Transfer Origin
... Transfer origin characterizes the percentage of students who transfer to the institution, and only applies to four year or higher institutions ... (LTI)—fewer than 20 percent of students transfer into the institution. 19 percent of students transfer into the institution ...
... The term may also be used to refer to committing a particular individual to an institution, such as a mental institution ... may also be used in a political sense to apply to the creation or organization of governmental institutions or particular bodies responsible for overseeing or implementing policy, for example ...
Hiwassee College - Accreditation
... status for accreditation as a Category II institution by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) this status is effective for a period of five years ... Candidacy (pre-accreditation) indicates that the institution is in basic compliance with the standards and criteria, has been evaluated by an on-site ... universities, and theological schools meet the criteria for listing as institutions affiliated with The United Methodist Church ...
Instituto Tecnológico Superior De Zacapoaxtla
... barely after three years of existence, the institution saw itself providing help and leadership during the disaster that occurred in the northern part of the state of ... The institution helped to provide relief to local and neighboring communities that suffered great loss of life and property ... Much of the research carried on by the institution focuses on the ecology of the region ...

More definitions of "institution":

  • (noun): A custom that for a long time has been an important feature of some group or society.
    Example: "The institution of marriage"; "the institution of slavery"; "he had become an institution in the theater"
  • (noun): An organization founded and united for a specific purpose.
    Synonyms: establishment

Famous quotes containing the word institution:

    The most socially subversive institution of our time is the one-parent family.
    Paul Johnson (b. 1928)

    What has ever threatened our liberty and prosperity save and except this institution of Slavery?
    Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865)

    La la la, Oh music swims back to me
    and I can feel the tune they played
    the night they left me
    in this private institution on a hill.
    Anne Sexton (1928–1974)