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
The network nurtured the reality star’s campaign in its infancy, broadcasting entire stump speeches, uninterrupted by correction or commentary.
Ms. Clayton, a former teacher and librarian, maintains that infancy is a fine place to start.
Now, in spite of the fact that the automobile industry was truly in its infancy at the time, by 1907 car owners were wanting to drive a newer model.
Many local restaurants have no choice but to die in their infancy.
CNN was a relative newcomer, Fox News had barely launched, and MSNBC was still in its infancy.
The online grocery business is still in its infancy.
In the Starlings’ infancy days, Shewman was coaching a team that met at Lincoln High.
At the time, in vitro fertilization was 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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