infancy

noun
in·​fan·​cy | \ˈin-fən(t)-sē \
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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Barring a sea change in data regulation, this transformative trend is still in its infancy. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "Digital Disruption Snarls Madison Avenue," 2 Nov. 2018 Augmented reality headsets, which blend the real world and virtual worlds, are in their infancy. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "What happens to free speech when we all live in a virtual world?," 8 Nov. 2018 That’s partially because Kosovo’s music industry—not unlike the country itself—is still in its infancy. Sarah Souli, Condé Nast Traveler, "Kosovo Is an All-Night Party—And Shows No Signs of Slowing Down," 26 Oct. 2018 Trump has launched impromptu broadsides against U.S. allies, threatened war with North Korea and pressed unconventional ideas regarding military operations, leaving Mattis scrambling to comfort U.S. partners or stop hasty decisions in their infancy. Dan Lamothe, The Seattle Times, "Mattis’ goals teeter as he works to temper Trump," 15 Oct. 2018 No one knows exactly how the Soviets produced random numbers — computers were still in their infancy. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "Chance Encounters," 17 Aug. 2018 But even though the commercial drone market is still in its infancy, millions of hobbyist drones have been sold around the world. Ulrike Franke, The Verge, "The Caracas drone attack won’t be the last of its kind," 17 Aug. 2018 Though the gadgets are still in their infancy, the companies making them have more or less coalesced around an agreed upon look of small, cylindrical, and stout. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Samsung’s got a smart speaker and it looks like a high-tech planter," 10 Aug. 2018 As a young child, Ed was born into the infancy of air travel. courant.com, "Edgar H. McCulloch Jr.," 22 Apr. 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 \
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 \
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 \
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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