A nanny state is a term for a government or country with laws that tell people how to behave. The reason may be to protect people's health, or to protect society. It is called paternalism when the government thinks they know better than the people. When someone calls a government a nanny state, they are accusing it of taking away too much of their personal freedom.
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- "NANNY STATE | definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary". dictionary.cambridge.org. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
- Le Grand, Julian; New, Bill (2015). Government paternalism : nanny state or helpful friend?. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. p. 177. ISBN 978-1-4008-6629-8. OCLC 898893903.
- "nanny, n.1 and adj". OED Online. Oxford University Press. December 2011. Retrieved 2 February 2012.