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noun [U]     /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 Controlling and being in charge paternalist     /-lɪst/ noun [C] paternalistic     /pəˌtɜː.nəˈlɪs.tɪk/ US  /-ˌtɝː.nəˈlɪs-/ adjective
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