infantilism definition

  • noun:
    • A state of arrested development in a grownup, characterized by retention of infantile mindset, followed closely by stunted growth and intimate immaturity, and frequently by dwarfism.
    • Marked immaturity, such as behavior or personality: "infantilism, which is the subtext of such United States cinema and tradition” ( John Simon).
    • An infantile act or remark.
    • An emotional dependency on becoming treated as an infant.
    • A sexual dependency on the sight or sense of diapers, or being diapered.
    • Arrested or retrogressive development; the perseverance or recurrence within the person of these traits that are regular, but transient, within the youngster.
    • infantile behavior in mature individuals
    • an abnormal symptom in which an older son or daughter or adult retains infantile faculties

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