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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1967 (disinstitutionalization is attested from 1955), from de- + institutionalization.


n. 1 the process of abolishing a practice that has been considered a norm 2 the process of releasing a person from a facility where their freedom to leave has been restrained 3 the process of reducing a person's dependence on an institutional environment

Usage examples of "deinstitutionalization".

One consists of the mentally ill, turned out into the streets when deinstitutionalization became the rage in the 1970s.