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paternalism

[ puh-tur-nl-iz-uhm ]
/ pəˈtɜr nlˌɪz əm /
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noun
the system, principle, or practice of managing or governing individuals, businesses, nations, etc., in an outwardly benevolent, but often condescending or controlling way: The employees objected to the paternalism of their former boss.
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Origin of paternalism

First recorded in 1880–85; paternal + -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM paternalism

pa·ter·nal·ist, noun, adjectivepa·ter·nal·is·tic [puh-tur-nl-is-tik] /pəˌtɜr nlˈɪs tɪk/ adjective
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How to use paternalism in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for paternalism

paternalism
/ (pəˈtɜːnəˌlɪzəm) /

noun
the attitude or policy of a government or other authority that manages the affairs of a country, company, community, etc, in the manner of a father, esp in usurping individual responsibility and the liberty of choice

Derived forms of paternalism

paternalist, noun, adjectivepaternalistic, adjectivepaternalistically, adverb
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