GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. showing maternal instincts; behaving as a mother should; motherly.
- adj. showing maternal instincts
“Just ask your paternalistic (or is it 'maternalistic'?) government for what you want and they'll play Robin Hood in order to get it for you.”
“Does the full spectrum of "maternalistic" values actually correspond to progressive values any more or less than the full spectrum of "paternalistic" values?”
“You have a much more paternalistic (maternalistic?) perspective than I do.”
“I'm utterly sick of the maternalistic attitude that still clings to the video game industry.”
“But for a supposed servant of the people to use such a metaphor to refer to a bill that affects us all in such important ways is outrageously and offensively paternalistic or should I say “maternalistic?” and flies in the face of what the relationship between the citizens and Congress in this country is meant to be.”
“Mark, why do you have this maternalistic sense about Israel?”
“You have a much more paternalistic maternalistic? perspective than I do.”
“Thanks to Curly's Corner Shop we can read that: I am just about heartily sick and tired of the “nanny state” that we are living in, the regulation, the overbearing health and safety rules, the maternalistic approach to risk, the fear of the compensation claim etc., etc., etc.”
“But schoolmarmish, maternalistic language is equally protected, and so I exercise my own First Amendment rights in offering you a dose of that healthful, if somewhat castor-oil-flavored medicine.”
“But its a matter of empirical analysis, and not snap value judgments such as "paternalistic" or "maternalistic" which add heat but no light to the issue.”
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