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]
- 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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