infancy

noun
in·​fan·​cy | \ ˈin-fən(t)-sē How to pronounce infancy (audio) \
plural infancies

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.
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Clark took guardianship of her two children, though it is not known whether her daughter, Lisette, lived past infancy. Ruth Hopkins, Teen Vogue, "Sacagawea Changed the Course of History and Deserves Respect," 11 Jan. 2019 However, once a person is past infancy, the surgery may require general anesthesia and may take weeks to heal. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "11 Things Everyone Should Know About Uncircumcised Penises," 29 Dec. 2018 More in Technology The investment frenzy that propelled Uber Technologies Inc., WeWork Cos. and other giant startups’ valuations to new heights has trickled down to companies at their infancy. Eliot Brown, WSJ, "More Venture-Capital Money Is Going Into Fewer Startup Deals," 11 Nov. 2018 Then remember that the Internet of Things is still in its infancy, much like the internet itself was in 1997. Popular Mechanics, "The Death of the Internet," 7 Feb. 2019 Folks who hate jam bands might not know it, but that music scene’s lot culture was a big help for craft beer during its infancy. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, "Philly Beer Week: 20 sudsy events to keep you drinking," 31 May 2018 In 1911, when automobile travel was still in its infancy, the painter bought a Renault 11CV and hit the road, traveling around France with his companion and later wife, Martha de Méligny. Susan Delson, WSJ, "An Artist of Time and Space," 4 Jan. 2019 Direct air capture is still in its infancy, though, and needs lots more R&D. Carbon dioxide–spewing coal plants are closing down despite the Trump administration’s desperate attempts to prop up the ailing industry. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Climate and energy news in 2018 actually wasn’t all bad," 1 Jan. 2019 The process is still in its infancy, and will require thousands of participants from shipping companies and ports to inland freight forwarders, cargo owners, and customs and border security agencies to work as intended. Costas Paris, WSJ, "With Container Ships Getting Bigger, Maersk Focuses on Getting Faster," 20 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of infancy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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infancy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of infancy

: 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

noun
in·​fan·​cy | \ ˈin-fən-sē How to pronounce infancy (audio) \
plural infancies

Kids Definition of infancy

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.

infancy

noun
in·​fan·​cy | \ ˈin-fən-sē How to pronounce infancy (audio) \
plural infancies

Medical Definition of infancy

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

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infancy

noun
in·​fan·​cy | \ ˈin-fən-sē How to pronounce infancy (audio) \
plural infancies

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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