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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.]


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


(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]


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
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"


The state or period of being under legal age:
Law: infancy.
References in classic literature ?
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.
In his raffish, autodidactic nonage Lambert had mysteriously acquired a prose style that blended Macaulayan confidence with Nietzschean spite--"the loudspeaker is the streetwalker of music" counts as one of his tamer epigrams.
In our daily world, irregularity, chaos and Chaos manifest unpleasant meanings showing lack of organized and nonage in the current process.
He rejected a recent Free and Fair Election Foundation of Afghanistan (FEFA) report that the card recipients included nonage boys.
If you are under the age of eighteen and have never been married or had the disabilities of nonage removed by a court, and are living at home, one of your parents or your legal guardian must sign this petition on your behalf.
228, 240-43 (2005) (construing a parallel provision in the Age Discrimination in Employment Act to create a defense against disparate impact claims where the nonage factor is reasonable).