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A manner of ruling that is or resembles a dictatorship, the authoritarianism of which is ostensibly mitigated or justified by the benefits afforded to the people under its control. He's really popular as a leader, though. I think the people see his government as something of a benevolent dictatorship. Many people in the country actually celebrate the autocrat's rule as a benevolent dictatorship. Sure, their individual freedoms are curtailed, but they never have to worry about food, shelter, or medical care.
See also: benevolent
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