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 (nŏn′ĭj, nō′nĭj)
1. The state or condition of being under legal age.
2. The period during which one is under legal age.
3. A period of immaturity: "The bravest achievements were always accomplished in the nonage of a nation" (Thomas Paine).

[Middle English nounage, from Anglo-Norman, variant of Old French nonaage : non-, non- + aage, age; see age.]
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1. (Law) law the state of being under any of various ages at which a person may legally enter into certain transactions, such as the making of binding contracts, marrying, etc
2. any period of immaturity
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(ˈnɒn ɪdʒ, ˈnoʊ nɪdʒ)

1. the period of legal minority.
2. any period of immaturity.
[1375–1425; late Middle English no(w)nage < Middle French nonäage]
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formerly, a ninth part of a parishioner’s movable property, which was claimed upon his death by the clergy in England. See also law.
See also: Church, Property and Ownership
the state of being under the age required by law to enter into certain responsibilities or obligations, as marrying, entering into contracts, etc. See also church; property and ownership.
See also: Law
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.nonage - any age prior to the legal agenonage - any age prior to the legal age  
legal status - a status defined by law
eld, age - a time of life (usually defined in years) at which some particular qualification or power arises; "she was now of school age"; "tall for his eld"
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The state or period of being under legal age:
Law: infancy.
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There was the interminable Sunday of his nonage; when his mother, stern of face and unrelenting of heart, would sit all day behind a Bible-- bound, like her own construction of it, in the hardest, barest, and straitest boards, with one dinted ornament on the cover like the drag of a chain, and a wrathful sprinkling of red upon the edges of the leaves--as if it, of all books!
We may congratulate ourselves that the period of nonage, of follies, of blunders and of shame, is passed in solitude, and when we are finished men we shall grasp heroic hands in heroic hands.
Since nonage, males acquire and practice a sense of ownership: as sons, as brothers, as husbands and even as complete strangers.
(But it seems that most of them would rather sleep.) morning mourning (mourning after night before) mortar fire mortifier nonagenarian nonage a-naryin' ("I deny all claims that I'm underage," said the ninety-something.) nuisance new cents (Damn decimal change!) pertinaceous Puritan, eh?
(189) As the Supreme Court has held, "employment criteria" that cause an "adverse impact on older workers as a group" are unlawful unless "the adverse impact was attributable to a nonage factor that was 'reasonable.'" (190) The Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) uses the usual framework as well.
Despite the fact that it is past its nonage and has even come out of the "hothouse" it was in for some time, it still wears an undecided look.
It was while taking a class about modern American plays that Jung was assigned works that would form a kind of holy trinity for her: Dael Orlandersmith's Yellowman, Paula Vogel's How I Learned to Drive, and Lynn Nonage's Ruined.
A five-year policy has been prepared to address the women issues, the nonage marriages of girls, divorce law in Christian community and women trafficking, on priority basis.
If removal of the disabilities of nonage is raised as an issue pursuant to [section] 794.05(2), Fla.
Personalized medicine in reproductive medicine is still in its nonage since it is not yet a fully strengthened mature arena.
bigamy, a close family relationship, nonage, lack of mental capacity or