/ɪnˈfæntəlɪzəm/ (say in'fantuhlizuhm)

1. a pattern of speech characterised by those deviations from normal articulation or voice that are typical of very young children.
2. Psychology the persistence in an adult of markedly childish anatomical, physiological, or psychological characteristics.
{infantil(e) + -ism}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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