Definition of paternalism in US English:

paternalism

noun

  • The policy or practice on the part of people in positions of authority of restricting the freedom and responsibilities of those subordinate to them in the subordinates' supposed best interest.

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

Pronunciation

paternalism

/pəˈtərnlˌizəm//pəˈtərnlˌɪzəm/