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child·ly

 (chīld′lē)
adj.
Childlike.

child•ly

(ˈtʃaɪld li)

adj.
childlike.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English cildlīc]
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Adj.1.childly - befitting a young child; "childlike charm"
young, immature - (used of living things especially persons) in an early period of life or development or growth; "young people"
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Kinnefick's argument, and it is a persuasive one, is that this structure emerges from an inheritance from the Victorians and Edwardians that the power of imagination is essentially childly, and that only children can lead adults back to the imaginary, which obscures that the reality is often the other way around and that it is adults who provide the imaginative material with which children experiment.