paternalism

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noun pa·ter·nal·ism \pə-ˈtər-nə-ˌli-zəm\

Definition of paternalism

  1. 1 :  a system under which an authority undertakes to supply needs or regulate conduct of those under its control in matters affecting them as individuals as well as in their relations to authority and to each other

  2. 2 :  a policy or practice based on or characteristic of paternalism

paternalist

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paternalistic

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paternalistically

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1881

First Known Use of paternalism

1881


PATERNALISM Defined for English Language Learners

paternalism

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noun pa·ter·nal·ism \pə-ˈtər-nə-ˌli-zəm\

Definition of paternalism for English Language Learners

  • : the attitude or actions of a person, organization, etc., that protects people and gives them what they need but does not give them any responsibility or freedom of choice


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