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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


paternal +‎ -istic (Wiktionary)



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