Definition of maternalistic in US English:

maternalistic

adjective

  • See maternal

    • ‘He lives in a maternalistic and patronising establishment, which offers the inmates a certain type of kindness but no independence or choice in their everyday lives.’
    • ‘Even at the most immediate level, her actions stand for a distorted maternalistic urge to treat ‘approaching wayfarers’ as children, to exercise control by mystification and to deal out ruthless punishment.’

Pronunciation

maternalistic

/məˌtərn(ə)lˈistik//məˌtərn(ə)lˈɪstɪk/