paternalistic definition

  • adjective:
    • the quality of becoming paternal, i.e. like a father, e.g. described as behaving in benevolent and yet intrusive fashion towards underlings
    • of, regarding, characteristic of or exercising paternalism
    • Benevolent but occasionally invasive; -- utilized often of governing bodies therefore the administration of huge companies. See paternal federal government.
    • benevolent but often invasive
  • others:
    • Of or related to paternalism.

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