adultize

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From adult +‎ -ize.

Verb[edit]

adultize (third-person singular simple present adultizes, present participle adultizing, simple past and past participle adultized)

  1. (transitive, sociology, psychology) To raise (a child) in such a way that (the child) adopts adult behaviors earlier than is usual.
    • 1986, Joanne Rand Whitmore, Intellectual Giftedness in Young Children: Recognition and Development, page 86:
      Talk with them in an adult manner, but do not "adultize" them. Do not expect them to be miniature adults.

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