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as in:  paternal attitude

The City Council means well, but they are too paternal. Adults should be allowed to make more of their own decisions without having to leave town.
  kindness and concern like that of a father — sometimes implying that it is overly intrusive
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paternal paternalistic paternally
Strongly Associated with:   maternal, paternity
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  • The City Council means well, but they are too paternal. Adults should be allowed to make more of their own decisions without having to leave town.
  • Although they were not related, Juan took a paternal interest in the boy and offered him sound guidance over the years.
  • Several white families live on the island in a paternalistic, but in many ways symbiotic, relationship with their neighbors.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • On the other hand, it failed to begin the establishment of good-will between ex-masters and freedmen, to guard its work wholly from paternalistic methods which discouraged self-reliance, and to carry out to any considerable extent its implied promises to furnish the freedmen with land.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk

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  • You will note that during the years of seventy and seventy-one, when specific restraints in production were self-imposed-I repeat, self-imposed-by these leaders of industry, the resulting economic recession was far less severe than in-slide twelve, please-the so-called paternalistic regulation of the marketplace by government interventionists.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Kroc was an inspiring, paternalistic figure who looked for people with "common sense,"
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • The Army needs a lot of really grown-up men in the middle grades; it’s a paternalistic organization.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • Paternalistic—we show our prejudice in our paternalism—we downgrade their dignity.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • Much like Ken Monfort, Harold Swift ran the company founded by his father with a paternalistic concern for workers.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • "You are still growing," Athos continued, with that charming and paternal interest felt by a grown man for a youth.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  Twenty Years After

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  • It is a purely paternal feeling that I have for you.
    Dostoyevsky, Fyodor  --  Poor Folk
  • The young scholar rushed in great alarm to the paternal mansion.
    Hugo, Victor  --  Notre-Dame de Paris
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Associated words [difficulty]:   paternal [4] , maternal [2] , paternity [6]
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