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in·fan·cy

 (ĭn′fən-sē)
n. pl. in·fan·cies
1. The earliest period of childhood, especially before the ability to walk has been acquired.
2. The state of being an infant.
3. An early stage of existence: Space exploration is still in its infancy.
4. Law The state or period of being a minor.

infancy

(ˈɪnfənsɪ)
n, pl -cies
1. the state or period of being an infant; childhood
2. an early stage of growth or development
3. infants collectively
4. (Law) the period of life prior to attaining legal majority (reached at 21 under common law, at 18 by statute); minority nonage

in•fan•cy

(ˈɪn fən si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. the state or period of being an infant; very early childhood; babyhood.
2. the corresponding period in the existence of anything; very early stage: Space science is in its infancy.
3. infants collectively.
4. Law. the period of life to the age of majority, usu. 18; minority.
[1485–95; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.infancy - the early stage of growth or developmentinfancy - the early stage of growth or development
time of life - a period of time during which a person is normally in a particular life state
oral phase, oral stage - (psychoanalysis) the first sexual and social stage of an infant's development; the mouth is the focus of the libido and satisfaction comes from suckling and chewing and biting
2.infancy - the earliest state of immaturityinfancy - the earliest state of immaturity  
immatureness, immaturity - not having reached maturity

infancy

noun
1. early childhood, babyhood the development of the mind from infancy onwards
2. beginnings, start, birth, roots, seeds, origins, dawn, early stages, emergence, outset, cradle, inception the infancy of the electronic revolution
beginnings end, close, death, finish, conclusion, termination, expiration
Quotations
"Heaven lies about us in our infancy" [William Wordsworth Intimations of Immortality]

infancy

noun
Law. The state or period of being under legal age:
Translations
طفولَه
rané dětství
spædbarnsalder
alkuajat
csecsemõkor
bernska
infantia
detstvo
bebeklik

infancy

[ˈɪnfənsɪ] N
1. (= childhood) → infancia f, niñez f (Jur) → minoría f de edad
from infancydesde niño, desde muy pequeño
2. (fig) (= early stage) → infancia f
the project is still in its infancyel proyecto está todavía en mantillas

infancy

[ˈɪnfənsi] n
[person] → bas âge m
to die in infancy → mourir en bas âge
to be in its infancy [research, organization] → être à ses balbutiements

infancy

nfrühe Kindheit, Kindesalter nt; (Jur) → Minderjährigkeit f; (fig)Anfangsstadium nt; in early infancyin frühester Kindheit; when radio was still in its infancyals das Radio noch in den Kinderschuhen steckte; data processing is no longer in its infancydie Datenverarbeitung steckt nicht mehr in den Kinderschuhen or ist den Kinderschuhen entwachsen

infancy

[ˈɪnfənsɪ] n (childhood) → infanzia (Law) → minore età f inv
in its infancy (fig) (early stage) → ai primi passi

infant

(ˈinfənt) noun
a baby or very young child. the baptism of infants; (also adjective) an infant school.
ˈinfancy noun
the state or time of being a baby. They had two children who died in infancy.

in·fan·cy

n. infancia, menor de edad, primera edad, período desde el nacimiento hasta los primeros dos años.

infancy

n primer período de la vida (aproximadamente el primer año); [Note: infancia refers to the period between birth and puberty and cannot be used to mean infancy.]
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If early hominids had prolonged infancies, than it would be fair to assume that they had taken a giant biological and cultural leap toward "humanness.