- IPA: /ˈpɛdəfaɪl/
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- Hyphenation: pe‧do‧phile
- A pedophile is a person who is sexually attracted to prepubescent children.
- In American psychiatry, a pedophile is a person attracted primarily to prepubescent children.
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- Although strictly defined as one who is attracted to pre-pubescent children, pedophile is usually used and interpreted as describing adults who engage in sexual activity with children and/or teenagers below the age of consent.