In`sti*tu"tion (?), n. [L. institutio: cf. F. institution.]
The act or process of instituting; as: (a) Establishment; foundation; enactment; as, the institution of a school.
The institution of God's law is described as being established by solemn injunction.
. [Obs.] Bentley
. (c) Eccl.Law
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
That which instituted or established
; as: (a)
Established order, method, or custom; enactment; ordinance; permanent form of law or polity.
The nature of our people,
Our city's institutions.
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
Anything forming a characteristic and persistent feature in social or national life or habits
We ordered a lunch (the most delightful of English institutions, next to dinner) to be ready against our return.
That which institutes or instructs; a textbook; a system of elements or rules; an institute.
There is another manuscript, of above three hundred years old, . . . being an institution of physic.
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