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institutionalizedadjective

mainly disapproving (UK usually institutionalised) uk   /ˌɪn.stɪˈtʃuː.ʃən.ə.laɪzd/  us   /ˌɪn.stəˈtuː.ʃən.ə.laɪzd/
If someone ​becomes institutionalized, they ​graduallybecome less ​able to ​think and ​actindependently, because of having ​lived for a ​longtime under the ​rules of an ​institution: We need to ​avoid long-stay ​patients in the ​hospitalbecoming institutionalized.
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