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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - The attitude (of a person or a government) that subordinates should be controlled in a fatherly way for their own good.

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  • I would like to know what "paternalism" is supposed to mean as it applies to the state.
  • That attitude of paternalism is not simply in the attitude of giving.
  • Desai: This ties in to paternalism: is the author a fool to be protected?
  • But I think that, as I said, I don't want to bring the word paternalism in it — for more
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