A nanny state is a government or country with many laws that tell people what to do. 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 mean it is taking away too much of their 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.