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paternalism

noun [U] uk   /pəˈtɜː.nə.lɪ.zəm/  us   /-ˈtɝː-/ usually disapproving
thinking or behaviour by people in authority that results in them making decisions for other people that, although they may be to those people's advantage, prevent them from taking responsibility for their own lives
paternalist
noun [C] uk   us   /-lɪst/
paternalistic
adjective uk   /pəˌtɜː.nəˈlɪs.tɪk/  us   /-ˌtɝː.nəˈlɪs-/
Translations of “paternalism”
in Chinese (Traditional) 家長作風, 專制…
in Chinese (Simplified) 家长作风, 专制…
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