Definition of paternalism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈtɜːnəlɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɜːrnəlɪzəm//
[uncountable] (sometimes disapproving)
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the system in which a government or an employer protects the people who are governed or employed by providing them with what they need, but does not give them any responsibility or freedom of choice
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: paternalism