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A policy or practice of treating or governing people in a fatherly manner, especially by providing for their needs without giving them rights or responsibilities.
pa·ter′nal·ist adj. & n.
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) 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
paˈternalist n, adj
pa•ter•nal•ism(pəˈtɜr nlˌɪz əm)
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.
pa•ter′nal•ist, n., adj.
fatherlike control over subordinates in government. — paternalist, n. — paternalistic, adj.See also: Government
fatherlike control over subordinates or employees in business. — paternalist, n. — paternalistic, adj.See also: Trade
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|Noun||1.||paternalism - the attitude (of a person or a government) that subordinates should be controlled in a fatherly way for their own good|
governing, government activity, government, governance, administration - the act of governing; exercising authority; "regulations for the governing of state prisons"; "he had considerable experience of government"