Foolish vs Childlike - What's the difference?

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Foolish is a related term of childlike.

As adjectives the difference between foolish and childlike

is that foolish is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise while childlike is innocent and trustful; credulous; artless.




  • Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
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  • *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
  • Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
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  • *(Aeschylus)
  • *:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
  • Synonyms

    * absurd * idiotic * ridiculous * silly * unwise


    * wise

    Derived terms

    * foolishness




    (en adjective)
  • innocent and trustful; credulous; artless
  • of, like, or suitable for a child
  • Quotations

    * 1859 : , Pestalozzi and Pestalozzianism *: And on the other hand, fatherly and childlike feelings in the national spirit, are the sources of all pure national blessings. * 1894 : , Lessings Nathan Der Weise *: He certainly has childlike simplicity, and all the qualities which go to make up a true Christian character.


    * childish * childly * See also

    Derived terms

    * childlikeness


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