One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or characterized by the restriction of the freedom and responsibilities of subordinates or dependants in their supposed interest.‘the paternalistic attitude of colonial Victorians’‘an old-style, paternalistic employer’
- ‘Migrants were first represented in very paternalistic terms.’
- ‘The paternalistic account supposes that the masters of mankind have their inferiors' interest at heart.’
- ‘Assimilation is based on the paternalistic belief that there is little of worth to indigenous culture.’
- ‘One question underlying the trial will be how paternalistic the company's culture really has been.’
- ‘Its public health administrators have inherited many illiberal attitudes of the paternalistic bygone regime.’
- ‘Prominent firms adamantly resisted unionization, engendering the allegiances of workers through paternalistic benefit plans.’
- ‘His economic views are rooted in the paternalistic, interventionist tradition of postwar Germany.’
- ‘His study is a form of paternalistic ethnography that offers little to the more credible scholarship on Mexican-Americans.’
- ‘People are not looking for the old, paternalistic safety nets.’
- ‘Defending the old, paternalistic 20th-century model isn't viable.’
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