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Paternalistic   /pətˌərnəlˈɪstɪk/   Listen

Benevolent but sometimes intrusive.

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"Paternalistic" Quotes from Famous Books

... are supposed to be singularly contented, and yet Socialism has had a rapid growth. The Emperor is regarded as sacred and almost infallible, and yet the Crown Prince is not a legitimate son. Although the government is one of the most autocratic on earth, it has nevertheless adopted many highly "paternalistic" schemes-government ownership of railways and telegraphs, for example. The people work all the time, but they refuse to work as strenuously as Americans. The temples attract thousands of people, but usually ...
— Where Half The World Is Waking Up • Clarence Poe

... sort of symbol of achievement to Fleming. Then, he was one of these old-model paternalistic employers, and he was afraid that if he relinquished control, a lot of his old retainers would be turned out to grass. And finally, he was opposed in principle to concentration of business ownership. He claimed ...
— Murder in the Gunroom • Henry Beam Piper

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