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paternalism

[puh-tur-nl-iz-uh m] /pəˈtɜr nlˌɪz əm/
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.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; paternal + -ism
Related forms
paternalist, noun, adjective
paternalistic, adjective
paternalistically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for paternalist

paternalism

/pəˈtɜːnəˌlɪzəm/
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
Derived Forms
paternalist, noun, adjective
paternalistic, adjective
paternalistically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for paternalist

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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