paternalism

[puh-tur-nl-iz-uhm]
noun
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:
1880–85; paternal + -ism

paternalist, noun, adjective
paternalistic, adjective
paternalistically, adverb
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paternalism (pəˈtɜːnəˌlɪzəm)
 
n
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
 
pa'ternalist
 
n, —adj
 
paternal'istic
 
adj
 
paternal'istically
 
adv

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paternalism
"government as by a father over his children," 1881, from paternal + -ism; paternalistic was in use by 1890.
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Example sentences
These contain informed, thoughtful commentary that aren't ponderous or
  paternalistic.
However, your reference to the referendum as a tool of direct democracy
  underscored the paternalistic tone of your report.
Brazilians still have a paternalistic mindset that the state or somebody else
  should for provide them.
But it is as much a question of style-a resentment at what is seen as the
  government's paternalistic belief that it knows best.
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