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- adj. the quality of being paternal, i.e. like a father, e.g. characterized by behaving in benevolent and yet intrusive manner towards underlings
- adj. of, pertaining to, characteristic of or practicing paternalism
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Benevolent but sometimes intrusive; -- used often of governments and the administration of large organizations. See paternal government.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to paternalism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. benevolent but sometimes intrusive
Another category of gift, which I like a lot, is what I call "paternalistic" gifts—things you think somebody else should have.
But officials accompanying him made clear his target was France and what they described as the paternalistic ties it maintains with its dozen or so former colonies, mostly in west and central Africa.
Emanuel, Hillary, and Holbrook reconstitute the PNAC in paternalistic “Democratic” guises.
But I imagine there are certain paternalistic laws he does not favor.
Someone mentioned the word paternalistic and that is exactly what it is, combined with narcissism that other cultures are there to be gawked at rather than understood.
And we are culturally much more comfortable [than the United States] with the idea of paternalistic collectivism.
You think that your attitude was what today we would call paternalistic?
If Professor Cowen is correct about it being part of human nature to desire a kind of paternalistic government, I think his essential point is right.
His idea to collect the tax and then somehow refund to the neediest is the worst kind of paternalistic thinking.
And to say that men have a responsibility is to invoke the same kind of paternalistic mentality that gives rise to these problems in the first place.
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