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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The underground club scene, as a result, is still in its infancy. Vogue, "This All-Female DJ Collective Wants to Empower the Women of Shanghai’s Nocturnal World," 15 May 2019 Today, at Google I/O, AI chief Scott Huffman gave a demonstration that could easily be Star Trek tech in its infancy. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "Google Just Proved That Our Voice Is the Ultimate UI," 7 May 2019 The couple has five children: one, Daniel, dies in infancy, and their youngest child, Tom, is born with spina bifida, requiring frequent surgeries. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "In A Life of My Own, One of the Great Biographers Turns the Focus on Herself," 20 July 2018 These areas mature quite early and are active even in infancy. Alison Gopnik, WSJ, "For Babies, Life May Be a Trip," 18 July 2018 Autonomy is still in its infancy, and self-driving cars (despite public perception) are still prototypes, not products. James Vincent, The Verge, "Global preferences for who to save in self-driving car crashes revealed," 24 Oct. 2018 From infancy, human beings develop specific attachments to particular people and places around them, and those connections underpin commitment, care, trust, and love. Alison Gopnik, The Atlantic, "When Truth and Reason Are No Longer Enough," 17 Mar. 2018 The high school senior has lasting developmental challenges caused by a brain tumor in her infancy, as well as Prader-Willi Syndrome, a genetic condition which affects her appetite. Ryan Adelson, Good Housekeeping, "WATCH: Crowd Goes Wild After Special Needs Student Scores Final Basket," 6 Feb. 2017 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

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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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