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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.
Also, especially British, infantilise.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; infantile + -ize, or by back formation from infantilization
Related forms
infantilization, noun
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Examples for infantilize
  • 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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