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childlike adj
1 befitting a young child; "childlike charm" [syn: childly]
2 exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity; "childlike trust"; "dewy-eyed innocence"; "simple courtesy" [syn: wide-eyed, dewy-eyed, simple]

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  1. Of, like, or suitable for a child; meek; submissive.
  2. Innocent and trustful; credulous; artless.
  3. Of, or like a baby; infantile.


  • 1859: Henry Barnard, Pestalozzi and Pestalozzianism
    And on the other hand, fatherly and childlike feelings in the national spirit, are the sources of all pure national blessings.
  • 1894: Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Lessings Nathan Der Weise
    He certainly has childlike simplicity, and all the qualities which go to make up a true Christian character.


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