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institutionalized

adjective uk mainly disapproving ( UK usually institutionalised)   /ˌɪn.stɪˈtjuː.ʃən.ə.laɪzd/ us    /-ˈtuː-/
If someone becomes institutionalized, they gradually become less able to think and act independently, because of having lived for a long time under the rules of an institution: We need to avoid long-stay patients in the hospital becoming institutionalized.
Translations of “institutionalized”
in Chinese (Traditional) (因長期生活在收容機構)缺乏自理能力的…
in Chinese (Simplified) (因长期生活在收容机构)缺乏自理能力的…
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