Definition of infancy
1 : early childhood
2 : a beginning or early period of existence
3 : the legal status of an infant
Examples of infancy in a Sentence
She was often sick during her infancy.
a skill developed in infancy
She has been a member of the church since its infancy.
Recent Examples of infancy from the Web
At the time, in vitro fertilization was in its infancy.
Social media was in its infancy back then, but the news spread quickly and the dugout brawl became a national story.
The integration of the experiences the Mariners have created to work with Alexa is in its infancy.
Low-tech solutions Which brings up the problem that plagues all of these different research projects---they're in their infancy.
The conclusion the reader draws from these interviews is that there's a 50 percent chance science will end, leaving a 50 percent chance that knowledge is infinite and science is in its infancy.
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First Known Use of infancy
INFANCY Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of infancy for Students
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.
Legal Definition of infancy
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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