infantilism

noun
in·​fan·​til·​ism | \ in-ˈfan-tə-ˌli-zəm How to pronounce infantilism (audio) , ˈin-fən-tə-ˌli- How to pronounce infantilism (audio) , -fən-ˌtī-ˌli- How to pronounce infantilism (audio) \

Definition of infantilism

1 : retention of childish physical, mental, or emotional qualities in adult life especially : failure to attain sexual maturity
2 : an act or expression that indicates lack of maturity

Examples of infantilism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This would have caused Beijing’s infantilism to become a national embarrassment — a weak nation’s idea of national strength. George Will, Twin Cities, 17 Oct. 2019 This would have caused Beijing’s infantilism to become a national embarrassment — a weak nation’s idea of national strength. George Will, National Review, 17 Oct. 2019 From a super crushing a man’s skull as she orgasms to another super’s paraphilic infantilism fetish, Kripke uses extreme moments to build the story. Shana O'neil, The Verge, 24 July 2019 Contemporary cinematographic literature is the result of progressive infantilism of content and the narrowing of perspective. Isabel Coixet, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 June 2016

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First Known Use of infantilism

1895, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Infantilism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infantilism. Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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infantilism

noun
in·​fan·​til·​ism | \ ˈin-fən-ˌtīl-ˌiz-əm How to pronounce infantilism (audio) , -tə-ˌliz-; in-ˈfan-tᵊl-ˌiz- How to pronounce infantilism (audio) \

Medical Definition of infantilism

: retention of childish physical, mental, or emotional qualities in adult life especially : failure to attain sexual maturity

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