- 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.
paternalism definition by Webster's New World
the principle or system of governing or controlling a country, group of employees, etc. in a manner suggesting a father's relationship with his children
Origin: paternal plush -ism
paternalism definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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A policy or practice of treating or governing people in a fatherly manner, especially by providing for their needs without giving them rights or responsibilities.
- pa·terˈnal·ist adjective & n.
- pa·terˌnal·isˈtic adjective
- pa·terˌnal·isˈti·cal·ly adverb
paternalism - Business Definition
A relationship of a company to its employees (or a government authority to its citizens) in which the company, or managers of the company, assume responsibility and make decisions for the employees. For example, management may severely limit the options of employees in the firm's retirement plan.