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childlike

[ chahyld-lahyk ]
/ ˈtʃaɪldˌlaɪk /
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adjective

like a child, as in innocence, frankness, etc.; befitting a child: childlike trust.

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Origin of childlike

First recorded in 1580–90; child + -like

synonym study for childlike

See childish.

OTHER WORDS FROM childlike

childlikeness, nounun·child·like, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH childlike

childish, childlike (see synonym study at childish)
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British Dictionary definitions for childlike

childlike
/ (ˈtʃaɪldˌlaɪk) /

adjective

like or befitting a child, as in being innocent, trustful, etcCompare childish (def. 2)
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