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infantilize

[in-fuh n-tl-ahyz, -tahy-lahyz, in-fan-tl-ahyz] /ˈɪn fən tlˌaɪz, -taɪˌlaɪz, ɪnˈfæn tlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), infantilized, infantilizing.
1.
to keep in or reduce to an infantile state.
2.
to treat or regard as infantile or immature.
Origin of infantilize
1940-1945
1940-45; infantile + -ize, or by back formation from infantilization
Related forms
infantilization, noun
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  • Prisons are designed to infantilize their inhabitants, destroying any vestige of adult humanity.
  • We do not need to further infantilize adult university students.
  • The voices licensed to follow the event seem to have joined together in a campaign to infantilize the public.
  • The voices licensed to follow the event seem to have joined together in a campaign to infantilize the public.
  • On the other hand, do not patronize or infantilize the patient.

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