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pa•ter•nal•ism



Pronunciation: (pu-tûr'nl-iz"um), [key]
n.
the system, principle, or practice of managing or governing individuals, businesses, nations, etc., in the manner of a father dealing benevolently and often intrusively with his children: The employees objected to the paternalism of the old president.

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