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paternalism

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

1
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.

paternalistic

2
Pronunciation: /-ˌtərnlˈistik/
adjective
Example sentences
  • These results offer strong support for both the paternalistic and the moralistic hypotheses.
  • Instead, the state is licensed to use a paternalistic tyranny over people who need public income support if they are deemed employable.
  • But exactly how patronisingly paternalistic can that be?

paternalistically

3
Pronunciation: /-ˌtərnlˈistik(ə)lē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • This leaves the floor open to those who are willing to authoritatively and paternalistically speak for ‘society’ on mutual obligation.
  • Of course, the state does act paternalistically at times.
  • In the past some large organisations treated people paternalistically, but reasonably decently.

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