Definition of red-tapism in English:

red-tapism

(also red-tapeism)

noun

  • Behaviour, practices, or attitudes associated with an excessive adherence to official rules and formalities; red tape.

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Cobbett's Weekly Political Register. From red tape + -ism.

Pronunciation

red-tapism

/rɛdˈteɪpɪz(ə)m/