Meaning of “nepotism” in the English Dictionary

"nepotism" in English

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nepotismnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈnep.ə.tɪ.zəm/ us /ˈnep.ə.tɪ.zəm/ formal disapproving

(Definition of “nepotism” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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nepotismnoun [ U ]

us /ˈnep·əˌtɪz·əm/

the activity of unfairly giving good jobs or advantages to members of your family

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"nepotism" in Business English

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nepotismnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈnepətɪzəm/ us

the use of power or influence to get good jobs or unfair advantages for members of your own family:

He resigned amid allegations of nepotism and petty corruption.

She denied that the appointment was nepotistic.

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On the one hand, they are an alternative to nepotism, the awarding of public contracts to entrepreneurs who are friendly with politicians or high officials.
By the same token, lack of transparency and nepotism must be eradicated from recruitment, especially as regards recruitment for temporary posts.
They have to stop nepotism and pashaliks.
In the area of good governance and the rule of law, both parties demonstrated their commitment to adopting specific measures to prevent and combat bribery, corruption and nepotism.
Indeed, public access is directly linked to the democratic content of an institution and guards a government body from underhand politics, nepotism and financial irregularities.
Second, the fight against fraud, mismanagement and nepotism must be strengthened, firstly by creating a culture in which they cannot thrive.
Only when public opinion is well informed and can help pass judgment can fraud, self-enrichment and nepotism be prevented in future.
Commissioners, you must realise that cronyism and nepotism are clearly endemic, and the public are no longer prepared to tolerate the combining of interests that this involves.
Lack of transparency is the real cardinal sin, though this does not mean that we can afford to be complacent about nepotism, mismanagement and fraud.
You could call it nepotism.