Someone who is paternalistic takes all the decisions for the people they govern, employ, or are responsible for.

The doctor is being paternalistic. He's deciding what information the patient needs to know...

IBM has always been a paternalistic employer.

English dictionary. 2008.

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  • paternalistic — pa‧ter‧nal‧is‧tic [pəˌtɜːnəˈlɪstɪk ǁ ˌtɜːr ] adjective a paternalistic company or organization is one in which the people in charge protect the workers and give them what they need, but do not allow them to make important decisions : • Unionism… …   Financial and business terms

  • paternalistic — adjective a) the quality of being paternal, i.e. like a father, e.g. characterized by behaving in benevolent and yet intrusive manner towards underlings With a scanty supply of laws in Hellenic commonwealths or city states what an immense vista… …   Wiktionary

  • paternalistic — paternalism ► NOUN ▪ the policy of restricting the freedom and responsibilities of subordinates or dependents in their supposed best interest. DERIVATIVES paternalist noun & adjective paternalistic adjective …   English terms dictionary

  • paternalistic — adjective see paternalism …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • paternalistic — See paternalist. * * * …   Universalium

  • paternalistic — paternalism …   Philosophy dictionary

  • paternalistic — paternalism …   Dictionary of sociology

  • paternalistic — pÉ™ tÉœrnÉ™ lɪstɪk / tɜːn adj. pertaining to a government system that sincerely cares about its constituents but is overly intrusive (similar to a father with his children) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • paternalistic — pa·ter·nal·is·tic …   English syllables

  • paternalistic — See: paternalism …   English dictionary

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