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Childlike Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    childlike adj
  1. befitting a young child; "childlike charm" [syn: childly]
  2. exhibiting childlike simplicity and credulity; "childlike trust"; "dewy-eyed innocence"; "simple courtesy" [syn: wide-eyed, dewy-eyed, simple]
Childlike Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Childlike \Child"like\, a. Resembling a child, or that which belongs to children; becoming a child; meek; submissive; dutiful. ``Childlike obedience.'' --Hooker. Note: Childlike, as applied to persons grown up, is commonly in a good sense; as, childlike grace or simplicity; childlike modesty.
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    * The point is to develop the childlike inclination for play and the childlike desire for recognition and to guide the child over to important fields for society. Such a school demands from the teacher that he be a kind of artist in his province. - Albert Einstein

    * General Grant had a simple, childlike recipe for meeting life ... I am terribly afraid, but the other fellow is afraid, too. - Sherwood Anderson

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