childlike

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childlike

like or befitting a child; innocent: His childlike bashfulness is charming.
Not to be confused with:
childish – immature; infantile: Screaming and stamping your feet is childish.

child·like

 (chīld′līk′)
adj.
Like or befitting a child, as in innocence, trustfulness, or candor.

childlike

(ˈtʃaɪldˌlaɪk)
adj
like or befitting a child, as in being innocent, trustful, etc. Compare childish2

child•like

(ˈtʃaɪldˌlaɪk)

adj.
like or befitting a child: childlike trust.
[1580–90]
child′like`ness, n.
syn: See childish.

childish

childlike
1. 'childish'

You say that someone is childish if you think they are behaving in a silly or immature way.

We were shocked by Josephine's selfish and childish behaviour.
Don't be so childish.
2. 'childlike'

You describe someone's voice, appearance, or behaviour as childlike when it seems like that of a child.

Her voice was fresh and childlike.
'That's amazing!' he cried with childlike enthusiasm.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.childlike - 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"
2.childlike - exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity; "childlike trust"; "dewy-eyed innocence"; "listened in round-eyed wonder"
naif, naive - marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience; "a teenager's naive ignorance of life"; "the naive assumption that things can only get better"; "this naive simple creature with wide friendly eyes so eager to believe appearances"

childlike

adjective innocent, trusting, simple, naive, credulous, artless, ingenuous, guileless, unfeigned, trustful She had never lost her childlike sense of wonder.

childlike

adjective
Of or like a baby:
Translations
طُفولي، كالوَلَد
dětský
barnagtigbarnlig
barnslegur
çocuk gibimasum

childlike

[ˈtʃaɪldlaɪk] ADJde niño
with a childlike faithcon una confianza ingenua

childlike

[ˈtʃaɪldlaɪk] adj
[innocence] → innocent(e), pur(e)
[behaviour, quality] → enfantin(e); [voice] → d'enfant

childlike

[ˈtʃaɪldˌlaɪk] adjingenuo/a, innocente

child

(tʃaild) plural children (ˈtʃildrən) noun
1. a young human being of either sex.
2. a son or daughter. Her youngest child is five years old.
ˈchildhood noun
the state or time of being a child. Her childhood was a time of happiness.
ˈchildish adjective
like a child; silly. a childish remark.
ˈchildishly adverb
ˈchildishness noun
ˈchildless adjective
having no children. the childless couple.
ˈchildlike adjective
innocent; like a child. childlike faith; trustful and childlike.
ˈchildbirth noun
the act of giving birth to a child. She died in childbirth.
child's play
something very easy. Climbing that hill will be child's play.
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As adults, we surely face important and difficult decisions, and we cannot face them childishly--but childlikely, yes, just like Jesus whose obedience to and trust in his Father never wavered.