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[in-fuh n-tahyl, -til] /ˈɪn fənˌtaɪl, -tɪl/
characteristic of or befitting an infant; babyish; childish:
infantile behavior.
of or relating to infants or infancy:
infantile diseases.
Physical Geography. youthful (def 5).
Origin of infantile
From the Latin word infantīlis, dating back to 1690-1700. See infant, -ile
Related forms
[in-fuh n-til-i-tee] /ˌɪn fənˈtɪl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
1. puerile, immature, weak.
1. adult, mature.
Synonym Study
1. See childish. Unabridged
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  • He called this phenomenon of reactivation or secondary exaggeration of infantile reminiscences "regression."

  • infantile paradoxy is, however, very different to senile paradoxy.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • It is in Northern Syria that its rudest and most infantile attempts have been found.

    The Hittites A. H. Sayce
  • It is infantile paralysis, a disease common with delicate children.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • infantile paradoxy must not be confounded with certain forms of masturbation, to which we shall return.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • First that infantile, inexcusable business of the shutters, and now this!

    The Moon is Green Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • This last consideration is one of very great importance, and I hope will not be much longer overlooked in infantile education.

    The Young Mother William A. Alcott
British Dictionary definitions for infantile


like a child in action or behaviour; childishly immature; puerile
of, relating to, or characteristic of infants or infancy
in an early stage of development
Derived Forms
infantility (ˌɪnfənˈtɪlɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for infantile

mid-15c., "pertaining to infants," from Latin infantilis "pertaining to an infant," from infans (see infant). Sense of "infant-like" is from 1772.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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infantile in Medicine

infantile in·fan·tile (ĭn'fən-tīl', -tĭl)

  1. Of or relating to infants or infancy.

  2. Displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity; extremely childish.

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