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(of an adult) having the good qualities, such as innocence, associated with a child:‘she speaks with a childlike directness’
innocent, artless, guileless, simple, unworldly, unsophisticated, green, inexperienced, naive, ingenuous, trusting, trustful, unsuspicious, unwary, unguarded, credulous, gullible, easily taken inView synonyms
- ‘She was frail and her childlike appearance made her innocence all the more apparent.’
- ‘The man comes across as childlike and innocent, but also as his own biggest fan.’
- ‘Above all, the series has a gorgeous childlike quality and is entirely voiced by children.’
- ‘While the movie has an obviously childlike feel, it's difficult to be sure of its intended audience.’
- ‘You still have that glow of childlike curiosity with the hint of adult wisdom you always had.’
- ‘His prattling was childlike and innocent, as if he were only five years old.’
- ‘A gleeful, childlike look overcame her face and she bounded off towards the vending machine.’
- ‘Many adults these days do not seem at all bothered by the idea of seeming childlike - they even revel in it.’
- ‘So all three of us had childlike excitement about the whole thing.’
- ‘Our biggest strength was the ability to do mad stuff spontaneously, in an almost childlike way.’
- ‘The best grown-up ideas come from being silly, from dreaming, from being a childlike adult.’
- ‘I observed a childlike wonder in his eyes and playful laughter as he enjoyed his music.’
- ‘Their childlike joy in leaving is probably a reflection of your own joy at your recovery.’
- ‘You have a childlike and innocent quality, which is endearing in meaningful relationships.’
- ‘Now in his seventies, he came across as a fairly childlike character - driven by his curiosity.’
- ‘Sometimes, a songwriter's quest to uncover the extraordinary in the ordinary has a childlike aspect to it.’
- ‘It's a word he uses a lot in his almost childlike rediscovery of happiness and contentment.’
- ‘His voice had suddenly taken on a childlike quality as he began talking quick and excitedly.’
- ‘There is a childlike quality about him, as if the years caught up with him only by accident.’
- ‘He was a man without guile with a childlike spirit and spirituality, a gentle man.’
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