Definition of paternalist in US English:


adjective & noun

  • See paternalism

    • ‘In Column 4, we looked at the institutional means by which 19th century paternalists sought to ‘look after’ the child-like among us.’
    • ‘Or he may take a paternalist view and prefer people not to undertake risky activities on his land.’
    • ‘Is the philanthropist simply finding a socially acceptable way of being a paternalist?’
    • ‘But when it comes to children's diet, I am an out-and-out paternalist.’
    • ‘These agreements cannot be ignored for the sake of paternalist goals such as increased socio-economic equality or the moral betterment of the individual.’