childlike

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child +‎ -like

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childlike (comparative more childlike, superlative most childlike)

  1. innocent and trustful; credulous; artless
  2. of, like, or suitable for a child; meek; submissive

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  • 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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