noun. ['pəˈtɝːnəˌlɪzəm'] the attitude (of a person or a government) that subordinates should be controlled in a fatherly way for their own good.
- mental attitude
- -ism (English)
- paternal (English)
- paternal (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
Words that Rhyme with Paternalism
Example sentences of the word paternalism
1. Noun, singular or mass
Businesses in Latin America run much like a family through a principle called paternalism.