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institution +‎ -ary

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institutionary (not comparable)

  1. Relating to an institution or institutions.
    • 1814 July, [Jane Austen], chapter XVII, in Mansfield Park, volume III, London: T[homas] Egerton, OCLC 39810224, page 345:
      [] Dr. Grant had brought on apoplexy and death, by three great institutionary dinners in one week, []
    • 1876, Daniel Garrison Brinton, The Religious Sentiment: Its Source and Aim, Chapter 6, p. 225,[1]
      The second class of rites are memorial in character. As the former were addressed to the gods, so these are chiefly for the benefit of the people. They are didactic, to preserve the myth, or institutionary, to keep alive the discipline and forms of the church.
    • 1917, Albert Bigelow Paine, “Mark Twain—A Biographical Summary” in Mark Twain’s Letters, New York: Gabriel Wells, 1923, Volume I, p. 16,[2]
      [] he declared he would travel to Mars and back, if necessary, to get that Oxford degree. He appreciated its full meaning—recognition by the world’s foremost institution of learning of the achievements of one who had no learning of the institutionary kind.
  2. Containing the first principles or doctrines; rudimentary.
    • 1646, Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, 2nd edition, London: Edw. Dod & Nath. Ekins, 1650, Book 5, Chapter 6, pp. 203-204,[3]
      [] among the Institutionary rules of youth, [Aristotle] adviseth they might not be permitted to hear Iambicks and Tragedies before they were admitted unto discumbency or lying along with others at their meales.
    • 1772, Review of Macbride’s Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Physic, The Monthly Review, Volume 47, November 1772, p. 381,[4]
      The first or institutionary part, which is divided into seven books, explains the principles on which the art is founded, and may be read with pleasure even by those who would wish only to be acquainted with the theory of medicine, considered as a curious and interesting branch of natural philosophy.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for institutionary in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)