infancy


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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.]
References in classic literature ?
The infancy of youth, the youth of manhood, the entire
It will end in our going to the New World, and trying Society in its infancy, among the forests and the plains.
She had rocked him in infancy, attended him in childhood, served him through life, and at his death wiped from his icy brow the cold death-sweat, and closed his eyes forever.
They swim from their infancy like frogs, and are able to continue long under water, where they often take fish, which the females carry home to their young.
No one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine.
Claude Frollo had been destined from infancy, by his parents, to the ecclesiastical profession.
Looking back after much love and much trouble, the instinct of primitive man, who seeks to personify the forces of Nature for his affection and for his fear, is awakened again in the breast of one civilized beyond that stage even in his infancy.
This gentleman had in his youth married a very worthy and beautiful woman, of whom he had been extremely fond: by her he had three children, all of whom died in their infancy.
And because we have all to pass through a state of infancy to manhood, and have been of necessity, for a length of time, governed by our desires and preceptors (whose dictates were frequently conflicting, while neither perhaps always counseled us for the best), I farther concluded that it is almost impossible that our judgments can be so correct or solid as they would have been, had our reason been mature from the moment of our birth, and had we always been guided by it alone.
To one imbued from infancy with the fascinating fallacy that all men are born equal, unquestioning submission to authority is not easily mastered, and the American volunteer soldier in his "green and salad days" is among the worst known.
I sing so well," said he, "that sixteen native grasshoppers who have chirped from infancy, and yet got no house built of cards to live in, grew thinner than they were before for sheer vexation when they heard me.
Love - as in infancy was mine -'Twas such as angel minds above Might envy; her young heart the shrine On which my ev'ry hope and thought Were incense - then a goodly gift, For they were childish - and upright - Pure -- as her young example taught: Why did I leave it, and, adrift, Trust to the fire within, for light?