- 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.
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 of paternalismpaternal + -ism
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.
(countable and uncountable, plural paternalisms)