Paternal government
Paternal Pa*ter"nal, a. [L. paternus, fr. pater a father: cf. F. paternel. See {Father}.] 1. Of or pertaining to a father; fatherly; showing the disposition of a father; guiding or instructing as a father; as, paternal care. ``Under paternal rule.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. Received or derived from a father; hereditary; as, a paternal estate. [1913 Webster]

Their small paternal field of corn. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

{Paternal government} (Polit. Science), the assumption by the governing power of a quasi-fatherly relation to the people, involving strict and intimate supervision of their business and social concerns, upon the theory that they are incapable of managing their own afffairs. [1913 Webster]


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