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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First Known Use of infancy

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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20 Jun 2022

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“Infancy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/infancy. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for infancy

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

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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