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 is discouraged in smaller firms by paternalistic employment relationships.

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paternalistic UK US /pəˌtɜːnəˈlɪstɪk/ adjective
used to describe an organization in which the workers are looked after well by the employers who make good decisions for them but prevent them from taking responsibility themselves: »

The company was a classic paternalistic employer: it built affordable housing for its workers, and provided pensions, health care, and education benefits.


a paternalistic approach/attitude/culture

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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