paternalism Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"paternalism" in British English

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paternalismnoun [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-/
(Definition of paternalism from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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paternalismnoun [U]

 us   /pəˈtɜr·nəlˌɪz·əm/
the ​practice of ​controlling esp. employees or ​citizens in a way that is ​similar to that of a ​fathercontrolling his ​children, by giving them what is ​beneficial but not ​allowing them ​responsibility or ​freedom of ​choice
paternalistic
adjective  us   /pəˌtɜr·nəlˈɪs·tɪk/
a paternalistic ​employer
(Definition of paternalism from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “paternalism”
in Chinese (Simplified) 家长作风, 专制…
in Chinese (Traditional) 家長作風, 專制…
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