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paternalism

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