What is 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"
    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:

Instituto Tecnológico Superior De Zacapoaxtla
... Just 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 Puebla due to heavy ... 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 ...
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. 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 ... 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 in welfare or ...
Jommeke - Main Characters - Koningin Van Onderland
... parents of the children and brought to a mental institution ... She escapes 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 ...
Hiwassee College - Accreditation
... for accreditation as a Category II institution by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) this status is effective for a ... pre-accreditation) indicates that the institution is in basic compliance with the standards and criteria, has been evaluated by an on-site peer team, and in the professional judgment of the evaluation team and ... universities, and theological schools meet the criteria for listing as institutions affiliated with The United Methodist Church ...

More definitions of "institution":

  • (noun): An organization founded and united for a specific purpose.
    Synonyms: establishment
  • (noun): An establishment consisting of a building or complex of buildings where an organization for the promotion of some cause is situated.

Famous quotes containing the word institution:

    The sick man is taken away by the institution that takes charge not of the individual, but of his illness, an isolated object transformed or eliminated by technicians devoted to the defense of health the way others are attached to the defense of law and order or tidiness.
    Michel de Certeau (1925–1986)

    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)

    The institution of the family is decisive in determining not only if a person has the capacity to love another individual but in the larger social sense whether he is capable of loving his fellow men collectively. The whole of society rests on this foundation for stability, understanding and social peace.
    Daniel Patrick Moynihan (20th century)