paternal + -ize
paternalize (third-person singular simple present paternalizes, present participle paternalizing, simple past and past participle paternalized)
- (transitive) To make paternal; to place in a fatherly role.
- 1912, Edith M Phelps, Selected Articles on Government Ownership of the Telegraph
- To paternalize the government or make it more bureaucratic is in their judgment to repress private enterprise and to imitate the monarchical systems...
- control organizations, things etc. disregarding people's freedom and responsibility under guise and pretense of knowing what would be good and proper for them