Definition of paternalism in English:

paternalism

noun

mass noun
  • The policy or practice on the part of people in authority of restricting the freedom and responsibilities of those subordinate to or otherwise dependent on them in their supposed interest.

    ‘attitudes in society reinforce a degree of paternalism among doctors’
    • ‘The bureaucratic paternalism and social control techniques of the employers are briefly exemplified.’
    • ‘The Government may mean well in moving this bill forward, but such paternalism is misplaced when it changes the rules of the social game.’
    • ‘Justifying government policies on the basis of paternalism is just one of many analogies used to mislead people about their true nature and effects.’
    • ‘As for the colonies in Asia and Africa, authoritarian paternalism - not self-government - was the order of the day.’
    • ‘Thanks to your misguided paternalism, racial tension will always be front and center.’
    • ‘This is where paternalism - chosen or imposed - must be admitted.’
    • ‘Another profession, the medical, has just been criticised for arrogance, paternalism and complacency.’
    • ‘And people said left wing media was doomed because of arrogance and paternalism!’
    • ‘They don't want paternalism or dependence when they are entitled to resources of their own.’
    • ‘Your Honour, it is not as much paternalism as facilitating a process.’
    • ‘This ‘we know what's best for them’ sentiment is evidence of paternalism, not solidarity.’
    • ‘He remained throughout his life motivated by an abiding belief in the twin myths of racial paternalism and national mission.’
    • ‘Trade is far better than aid, which evokes dependency and paternalism.’
    • ‘This kind of paternalism will not solve the problem.’
    • ‘There is a thoroughly conservative article here that takes up the burden of finding a balance between liberty and paternalism.’
    • ‘For public health policy to be realised, paternalism must be replaced by active encouragement of patients to participate in their own care.’
    • ‘The cases reek of legal paternalism and legal moralism but little reference is made to ideas of personal autonomy or sovereignty.’
    • ‘They said that protectionism and paternalism would only harm producers from developing nations.’
    • ‘I moved towards the right by talking to the alleged ‘beneficiaries’ of liberal paternalism.’
    • ‘Indeed, I do tend to question public policy arguments based on paternalism.’

Pronunciation

paternalism

/pəˈtəːn(ə)lɪz(ə)m/