Definitions

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  • adjective Exhibiting retention of juvenile characteristics in the adult.
  • adjective informal Babyfaced.

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  • adjective of or relating to or characterized by neoteny

Etymologies

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neoteny +‎ -ous

Examples

  • But somewhere in the establishment of our cultural system, we have learned to depress our neotenous characteristics as we age for behaviors that we identify as mature.

    Dylan Kendall: Retreating Back to Our Inner Child

  • There is a biological reason we don't lose our neotenous playful characteristics as we age but we need to embrace these traits instead of shunning them.

    Dylan Kendall: Retreating Back to Our Inner Child

  • Was there a neotenous giant-brained super-race that lived in Africa 10,000 years ago?

    News Hour

  • Had to chuckle over the "hit by a frying pan" comment - what is the appeal of vacuous, neotenous, and commonly somewhat creepy stuffed toys?

    New addition to family, cats and a care day away.

  • These pedomorphic or neotenous dogs, who retain more features of juvenile members of canid species into adulthood, look least like adult wolves.

    INSIDE OF A DOG

  • These pedomorphic or neotenous dogs, who retain more features of juvenile members of canid species into adulthood, look least like adult wolves.

    INSIDE OF A DOG

  • People experience a reaction to juvenile (or neotenous) characteristics of the young that is largely involuntary.

    Methodological Individualism

  • Mostly these differences have been explained as the result of either reduced selection under domestication (Björnerfeldt et al. 2006), or artificial selection for neotenous characters.

    Controversial origins of the domestic dog

  • Mostly these differences have been explained as the result of either reduced selection under domestication (Björnerfeldt et al. 2006), or artificial selection for neotenous characters.

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • And we are, by physical anthropologists, by many, many studies, the most neotenous, the most youthful, the most flexible, the most plastic of all creatures.

    Stuart Brown says play is more than fun

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