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Though childish is occasionally used neutrally to mean 'appropriate to a child', as in my childish efforts at drawing, it is much more commonly encountered as a term of contempt applied to an adult, as in the familiar  Don't be so childish!  In contrast, childlike is an approving term meaning 'having the attractive qualities of a child, such as honesty and trust.' -

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