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[in-fuhn-tahyl, -til]
  1. characteristic of or befitting an infant; babyish; childish: infantile behavior.
  2. of or relating to infants or infancy: infantile diseases.
  3. Physical Geography. youthful(def 5).
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Origin of infantile

From the Latin word infantīlis, dating back to 1690–1700. See infant, -ile
Related formsin·fan·til·i·ty [in-fuhn-til-i-tee] /ˌɪn fənˈtɪl ɪ ti/, noun

Synonyms for infantile

Synonym study

1. See childish.

Antonyms for infantile

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Historical Examples of infantility

  • You will find primitive people, especially, very much bound to their infantility.

    Collected Papers on Analytical Psychology

    C. G. Jung

British Dictionary definitions for infantility


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



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

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infantility in Medicine


(ĭnfən-tīl′, -tĭl)
  1. Of or relating to infants or infancy.
  2. Displaying or suggesting a lack of maturity; extremely childish.
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