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paternal government

Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. the assumption by the governing power of a quasi-fatherly relation to the people, involving strict and intimate supervision of their business and social concerns, upon the theory that they are incapable of managing their own affairs.

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Examples

  • "Just so," said Mr. Low, — "only that what you call a paternal government is not always quiet and orderly.

    Phineas Finn

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