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.

Nearby words

  1. puebla,
  2. pueblo,
  3. pueblos,
  4. puericulture,
  5. puerile,
  6. puerility,
  7. puerpera,
  8. puerperal,
  9. puerperal eclampsia,
  10. puerperal fever

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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