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patriarchy

noun [C/U]  /ˈpeɪ·triˌɑr·ki/ us  
social studies a form of social organization in which fathers or other males control the family, clan, tribe, or larger social unit, or a society organized in this way social studies Patriarchy is also the control by men, rather than women or both men and women, of most of the power and authority in a society.
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