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childlike

[chahyld-lahyk] /ˈtʃaɪldˌlaɪk/
adjective
1.
like a child, as in innocence, frankness, etc.; befitting a child:
childlike trust.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; child + -like
Related forms
childlikeness, noun
unchildlike, adjective
Can be confused
childish, childlike (see synonym study at childish)
Synonyms
young, ingenuous, simple, guileless, trusting, innocent. See childish.
Antonyms
sophisticated, adult.
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  • She is mature beyond her years, but she still clings to childlike practices.
British Dictionary definitions for childlike

childlike

/ˈtʃaɪldˌlaɪk/
adjective
1.
like or befitting a child, as in being innocent, trustful, etc Compare childish (sense 2)
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Word Origin and History for childlike
adj.

1580s, "proper to a child," from child + like. Meaning "like a child" in a good sense (distinguished from childish) is from 1738.

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