Paternalism meaning

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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.
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A manner, often a patronizing or domineering one, of governing a country, managing employees, etc. that is suggestive of a father's relationship to his children.
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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.

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The treatment of people in a fatherly manner, especially by caring for them but sometimes being stern with them.
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Origin of paternalism