Legal Definition and Related Resources of Institute

Meaning of Institute

To set up, originate, establish , initiate, commence , cause to be, found, ordain, introduce, bring into use or practise . Sometimes the word in its plural form is used to denote text books, such as the treatise on roman law written by Justinian being referred to as The Institutes of Justinian, the four volumes of commentaries on Littleton’s Compilation of the Law of Tenures by Lord Coke as Institutes of Lord Coke.

Institute Alternative Definition

In Scotch Law, The person first called in the “tailzie”; the rest, or the heirs of tailzie, are called- “substitutes.” Ersk, Prac, 3, 8. 8. See “Substitutes.” In Civil Law. One who is appointed heir by testament, and is required to give the estate devised to another person, who is called the “substitute.” To name or to make an heir by testament. Dig. 28. 5. 65, To make an accusation; to commence an action,

Synonyms of Institute


  • academy
  • association
  • coalition
  • college
  • concern
  • conlegium
  • educational institution
  • establishment
  • firm
  • foundation
  • guild
  • house
  • institution
  • institution of learning
  • lyceum
  • organization
  • place of education
  • school
  • society
  • sodalitas
  • syndicate
  • system
  • union
  • university
  • Associated Concepts: business institution
  • charitable institution
  • educational institution
  • financial institution
  • lending institution
  • literary institution
  • penal institution
  • philanthropic institution
  • private institution
  • public institution

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This term is a noun.

Etimology of Institute

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1510s, “purpose, design,” from Latin institutum “an ordinance; a purpose; a custom; precedents; principal components,” literally “thing set up,” noun use of neuter past participle of instituere “to set up, put in place; arrange; found, establish” (see institute (verb)). From 1540s in English as “an established law.” The sense of “an organization or society devoted to some specific work,” especially literary or scientific, is from 1828, from French use in Institut national des Sciences et des Arts (established 1795); Dutch instituut, German Institut also are from French. The specialized (mostly U.S.) sense “travelling academy for teachers in a district” is from 1839. A “Teachers’ Institute” is a meeting composed of teachers of Common Schools, assembled for the purpose of improvement in the studies they are to teach, and in the principles by which they are to govern. It is the design of a Teachers’ Institute to bring together those who are actually engaged in teaching Common Schools, or who propose to become so, in order that they may be formed into classes and that these classes, under able instructers, may be exercised, questioned and drilled, in the same manner that the classes of a good Common School are exercised, questioned and drilled. [Horace Mann, secretary’s report to the Boston Board of Education, Sept. 1, 1845]


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  • institution, society, [First use in England appears to have been 1829.]

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