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patriarchy

noun [C/U]    /ˈpeɪ·triˌɑr·ki/ 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 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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