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institutionalized

adjective 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.Of unsound mindStupid and silly
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