infancy

noun in·fan·cy \ ˈin-fən(t)-sē \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of infancy

plural infancies
1 : early childhood
2 : a beginning or early period of existence
3 : the legal status of an infant

Examples of infancy in a Sentence

  1. She was often sick during her infancy.

  2. a skill developed in infancy

  3. She has been a member of the church since its infancy.

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First Known Use of infancy

14th century



INFANCY Defined for English Language Learners

infancy

noun

Definition of infancy for English Language Learners

  • : the first part of a child's life : the time in your life when you are a baby

  • : a beginning : an early stage of development


INFANCY Defined for Kids

infancy

noun in·fan·cy \ ˈin-fən-sē \

Definition of infancy for Students

plural infancies
1 : the first stage of a child's life : early childhood
2 : a beginning or early period of existence
  • The program is in its infancy.

Medical Dictionary

infancy

noun in·fan·cy \ ˈin-fən-sē \

medical Definition of infancy

plural infancies
1 : early childhood
2 : the legal status of an infant

Law Dictionary

infancy

noun in·fan·cy \ ˈin-fən-sē \

legal Definition of infancy

plural infancies
1 : the legal status of an infant : minority
2 : the affirmative defense of lacking legal capacity (as to make a contract or commit a crime) because of being too young and especially because one's age is below an age set by statute


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