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The commencement or initiation of anything, such as an action. An establishment, particularly one that is eleemosynary or public by nature.

An institution can be any type of organized corporation or society. It may be private and designed for the profit of the individuals composing it, or public and nonprofit.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

INSTITUTION, eccl. law. The act by which the ordinary commits the cure of souls to a person presented to a benefice.

INSTITUTION, political law. That which has been established and settled by law for the public good; as, the American institutions guaranty to the citizens all privileges and immunities essential to freedom.

INSTITUTION, practice. The commencement of an action; as, A B has instituted a suit against C D, to recover damages for a trespass.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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The developed countries have an "open access" or efficient institutional structure. This provides opportunities for open competition and associated incentives for selection based on merit, hard work, efficiency and innovation.
Thus it was determined that institutional structure and capacity on GEMS at universities had been established.
should weigh the benefits and costs of each institutional structure.
We first submit a general definition of open institutional structure. In contrast to conventional institutional and property rights theories that focus on transaction and contract, we argue that open institutional structure is really about production.
It follows that a prediction of institutional structure for the future must be predicated on the philosophy and practices for soil conservation that likely will prevail.
Political and institutional structures, such as health systems and welfare programs, can differ widely.
The decline in unions is partly a consequence of the changing institutional structure of work as well as the changing industrial composition of employment.
By affirming a collective Arab American identity, ACCESS provides the institutional structure to advocate local and national "ethnic" concerns.
However, such a recommendation will not itself address what Lord Nolan himself referred to as the 'culture of silence and denial', which goes to the very core of the tradition of the Catholic institutional structure in Britain.
The two major variables examined are institutional structure (both formal and informal) and political culture.
It was during the Emergency that a serious erosion of institutional structure took place and her son Sanjay became the center of extra-constitutional authority.
Once you start challenging one institutional structure, where does it all lead?

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