puerilism

[ pyoo-er-uh-liz-uh m, pyoo r-uh- ]
/ ˈpyu ər əˌlɪz əm, ˈpyʊər ə- /

noun Psychiatry.

childishness in the behavior of an adult.

Origin of puerilism

First recorded in 1920–25; puerile + -ism
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British Dictionary definitions for puerilism

puerilism

/ (ˈpjʊərɪˌlɪzəm) /

noun

psychiatry immature or childish behaviour by an adult
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Medicine definitions for puerilism

puerilism

[ pyōōər-ə-lĭz′əm, pyurə- ]

n.

Childish behavior in an adult, especially as a symptom of mental illness.
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