officialism

noun of·fi·cial·ism \ ə-ˈfi-shə-ˌli-zəm , ō- \

Definition of officialism

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

Origin and Etymology of officialism


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