Meaning of “paternalism” in the English Dictionary

"paternalism" in British English

See all translations

paternalismnoun [ U ]

uk /pəˈtɜː.nə.lɪ.zəm/ us /pəˈtɝː.nə.lɪ.zəm/ usually disapproving
noun [ C ] uk /pəˈtɜː.nə.lɪst/ us /pəˈtɝː.nə.lɪst/
adjective uk /pəˌtɜː.nəˈlɪs.tɪk/ us /pəˌtɝː.nəˈlɪs.tɪk/

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

"paternalism" in American English

See all translations

paternalismnoun [ U ]

us /pəˈtɜr·nəlˌɪz·əm/

the practice of controlling esp. employees or citizens in a way that is similar to that of a father controlling his children, by giving them what is beneficial but not allowing them responsibility or freedom of choice

adjective us /pəˌtɜr·nəlˈɪs·tɪk/

a paternalistic employer

(Definition of “paternalism” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

Need a translator?

Translator tool

Get a quick, free translation!