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puerilism

[ pyoo-er-uh-liz-uhm, pyoor-uh- ]
/ ˈpyu ər əˌlɪz əm, ˈpyʊər ə- /
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noun Psychiatry.
childishness in the behavior of an adult.
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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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Medical 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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