childproof

a) Designed to be unable for a child to use, operate, or open.

Because of her arthritis, she always asked not to have childproof caps on her medicine bottles.

b) Made safe for children.

They attempted to make the house childproof by covering all sharp corners with soft foam.

2. verb
To make something childproof.

I debated childproofing my house, but decided against, on the basis that any scars or burns would serve as object lessons in restraint.


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