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paternalism Syllabification: pa·ter·nal·ism
Pronunciation: /pəˈtərnlˌizəm/

Definition of paternalism in English:

noun

The policy or practice on the part of people in positions of authority of restricting the freedom and responsibilities of those subordinate to them in the subordinates' supposed best interest: the arrogance and paternalism that underlies cradle-to-grave employment contracts
More example sentences
  • Indeed, I do tend to question public policy arguments based on paternalism.
  • He remained throughout his life motivated by an abiding belief in the twin myths of racial paternalism and national mission.
  • They said that protectionism and paternalism would only harm producers from developing nations.

Derivatives

paternalist

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Pronunciation: /pəˈtərn(ə)ləst/
noun& adjective
Example sentences
  • But when it comes to children's diet, I am an out-and-out paternalist.
  • Is the philanthropist simply finding a socially acceptable way of being a paternalist?
  • In Column 4, we looked at the institutional means by which 19th century paternalists sought to ‘look after’ the child-like among us.

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