(Of an adult) having the good qualities, such as innocence, associated with a child: she speaks with a childlike directness
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- You have a childlike and innocent quality, which is endearing in meaningful relationships.
- The best grown-up ideas come from being silly, from dreaming, from being a childlike adult.
- The man comes across as childlike and innocent, but also as his own biggest fan.
innocent, artless, guileless, simple, unworldly, unsophisticated, green, inexperienced, naive, ingenuous, trusting, trustful, unsuspicious, unwary, unguarded, credulous, gullible, easily taken in;
informal wet behind the ears
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