In"sti*tute, n. [L. institutum: cf. F. institut. See Institute, v. t. & a.]
1. The act of instituting; institution.
[Obs.] "Water sanctified by Christ's institute."
2. That which is instituted, established, or fixed, as a law, habit, or custom.
3. Hence: An elementary and necessary principle; a precept, maxim, or rule, recognized as established and authoritative; usually in the plural, a collection of such principles and precepts; esp., a comprehensive summary of legal principles and decisions; as, the
Institutes of Justinian; Coke's
Institutes of the Laws of England. Cf. Digest,
They made a sort of institute and digest of anarchy.Burke.
To make the Stoics' institutes thy own.Dryden.
4. An institution; a society established for the promotion of learning, art, science, etc.; a college; as, the
Institute of Technology; The Massachusetts
Institute of Technology; also, a building owned or occupied by such an institute; as, the Cooper
(Scots Law) The person to whom an estate is first given by destination or limitation.
Institutes of medicine, theoretical medicine; that department of medical science which attempts to account philosophically for the various phenomena of health as well as of disease; physiology applied to the practice of medicine.
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