officialism

noun
of·​fi·​cial·​ism | \ ə-ˈfi-shə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce officialism (audio) , ō- \

Definition of officialism

: lack of flexibility and initiative combined with excessive adherence to regulations in the behavior of usually government officials

First Known Use of officialism

1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for officialism

official entry 1 + -ism

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“Officialism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/officialism. Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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