- Paternalism is a method of controlling a group of people or a country similar to that of a father/child relationship.
An example of paternalism is a commune being run by one man in charge.
Origin: paternal plush -ism
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- pa·terˈnal·ist adjective & n.
- pa·terˌnal·isˈtic adjective
- pa·terˌnal·isˈti·cal·ly adverb