childlike

[chahyld-lahyk]
adjective
like a child, as in innocence, frankness, etc.; befitting a child: childlike trust.

Origin:
1580–90; child + -like

childlikeness, noun
unchildlike, adjective

childish, childlike (see synonym study at childish).


young, ingenuous, simple, guileless, trusting, innocent. See childish.


sophisticated, adult.
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childlike (ˈtʃaɪldˌlaɪk)
 
adj
Compare childish like or befitting a child, as in being innocent, trustful, etc

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childlike
1586, "proper to a child," from child + like. Meaning "like a child" in a good sense (distinguished from childish) is from 1725.
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Example sentences for Childlike
She is mature beyond her years, but she still clings to childlike practices.
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