(of governance, management, or behavior) based in a system positing that authority knows best; outwardly benevolent, but often in a condescending or controlling way:In the paternalistic model of medicine, the doctor adopts the role of decision-maker and dictates what would be best for the patient.We sought a less paternalistic and more enabling role for the school board, one guided by community engagement and support.
- pa·ter·nal·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use paternalistic in a sentence
People who belong to that very community wouldn’t need that paternalistic Child comparison to understand Jaffrey’s worth.
Unlike its “paternalistic” predecessor, Díaz said, the new constitution expanded individual rights, emphasized “the respect of human dignity” and underscored the separation of church and state.She’s 51, a mother and a devout Catholic. She plans to die by euthanasia on Sunday. | Samantha Schmidt, Diana Durán | October 8, 2021 | Washington Post
It also launched a successful challenge to paternalistic corporate management by Wall Street raiders and traders demanding higher returns.From commerce to chaos: An economic history of the United States | Steven Pearlstein | June 4, 2021 | Washington Post
This is a paternalistic approach that does not help build trust in the government and public health authorities among poorer communities.Why Paying People To Get The Coronavirus Vaccine Won’t Work | LGBTQ-Editor | December 12, 2020 | No Straight News
Gender discrimination reflected paternalistic notions of female frailty.Ruth Bader Ginsburg Helped Shape The Modern Era Of Women’s Rights – Even Before She Went On The Supreme Court | LGBTQ-Editor | September 21, 2020 | No Straight News
This double standard also seems to be rather flagrantly gender-based—grossly unfair to men and paternalistic toward women.
Among the explorers, a state of mind developed that was patronizing and paternalistic.
Yet the activists, for all their feminist rhetoric, are indeed promoting a disturbingly paternalistic view of women.
A major problem is that this contact has been paternalistic and poisoned by the myth of racial superiority.Alex Haley’s 1965 Playboy Interview with Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. | Alex Haley | January 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Gone, he declared, were the “paternalistic practices” that “discourage the need to work for a living.”Cuba’s Leaders Talk of Reform, but It Doesn’t Add Up to Much | Mac Margolis | October 27, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
It is always the paternalistic arm of the Government round every little son of Nippon, or the embrace of his family.The Pacific Triangle | Sydney Greenbie
That is precisely the kind of tyranny or liberty that was enjoyed by the victims of the paternalistic laws above described.Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 4, June 1906 | Various
Royall's sincere interest in the welfare of black soldiers, albeit highly paternalistic, was not in question.Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965 | Morris J. MacGregor, Jr.
Norway has been in the forefront in this paternalistic movement.The School System of Norway | David Allen Anderson
He might have planned a program of paternalistic propaganda in behalf of the farmers of the county.How To Write Special Feature Articles | Willard Grosvenor Bleyer