What is institution?


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:

Hiwassee College - Accreditation
... On November 3, 2009 it attained candidacy status for accreditation as a Category II institution by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) this status is ... Candidacy (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 ... schools meet the criteria for listing as institutions affiliated with The United Methodist Church ...
... The term may also be used to refer to committing a particular individual to an institution, such as a mental institution ... 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
... by the angry parents of the children and brought to a mental institution ... but Jommeke keeps on putting her back in the institution ... the queen of the underworld is released from the institution an she stays in her castle now ...
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 ... 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 ...

More definitions of "institution":

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

Famous quotes containing the word institution:

    Next to the right of liberty, the right of property is the most important individual right guaranteed by the Constitution and the one which, united with that of personal liberty, has contributed more to the growth of civilization than any other institution established by the human race.
    William Howard Taft (1857–1930)

    Every institution not only carries within it the seeds of its own dissolution, but prepares the way for its most hated rival.
    —W.R. (William Ralph)

    The authority of any governing institution must stop at its citizens’ skin.
    Gloria Steinem (b. 1934)