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1. paternalism

noun. ['pəˈtɝːnəˌlɪzəm'] the attitude (of a person or a government) that subordinates should be controlled in a fatherly way for their own good.

Synonyms

  • mental attitude

Antonyms

  • reverence
  • respect

Etymology

  • -ism (English)
  • paternal (English)
  • paternal (Old French (842-ca. 1400))

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Words that Rhyme with Paternalism

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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.

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