- the persistence in an adult of markedly childish anatomical, physiological, or psychological characteristics.
- an infantile act, trait, etc., especially in an adult.
- a speech disorder characterized by speech and voice patterns that are typical of very young children.
Origin of infantilism
Related Words for infantilismignorance, imperfection, rawness, greenness, incompleteness, childishness, puerility, callowness, infantilism
Examples from the Web for infantilism
Historical Examples of infantilism
It is quite unnecessary to construct such dreams as a return to infantilism, as a regression, as the Freudians generally do.Psychoanalysis
The significance of "infantile sexual lesions" has also tended to give place to that of "infantilism of sexuality."Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 1 (of 6)
One of these suffered from infantilism, one turned out to be a drunkard, and the third became a social degenerate and drunkard.Being Well-Born
Michael F. Guyer
- a condition in which an older child or adult is mentally or physically undeveloped
- isolated instances of infantile behaviour in mature persons
- childish speech; baby talk
Word Origin and History for infantilism
- A state of arrested development in an adult, characterized by retention of infantile mentality, accompanied by stunted growth and sexual immaturity, and often by dwarfism.
- Extreme immaturity, as in behavior or character.