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paternalism

[puh-tur-nl-iz-uh m]
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noun
  1. the system, principle, or practice of managing or governing individuals, businesses, nations, etc., in the manner of a father dealing benevolently and often intrusively with his children: The employees objected to the paternalism of the old president.
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Origin of paternalism

First recorded in 1880–85; paternal + -ism
Related formspa·ter·nal·ist, noun, adjectivepa·ter·nal·is·tic, adjectivepa·ter·nal·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for paternalistically

paternalism

noun
  1. 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
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Derived Formspaternalist, noun, adjectivepaternalistic, adjectivepaternalistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for paternalistically

paternalism

n.

"feeling of a father for his children," 1851; "government as by a father over his children," 1866, from paternal + -ism. Related: Paternalistic (1890).

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