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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.
Personalized medicine in reproductive medicine is still in its nonage since it is not yet a fully strengthened mature arena.
Enlightenment would be the only way for human beings to grow from their nonage, this being understood as "the inability to make use of one's reasoning without orientation from others.
For the same reason, we may leave out of consideration those backward states of society in which the race itself may be considered in its nonage .
Being enlightened is about "throwing off the yoke of nonage," said Kant, and "making public use of one's reason in all matters.
If removal of the disabilities of nonage is raised as an issue pursuant to [section] 794.
NONAGE A Herb that grows in the Arctic B Time of immaturity C Over 90 years of age who am I?
In our state, all of Suntory's whiskies are allocated, so we receive a case or two of nonage statements or Hibiki 12-year every few months.
Nonage statement whiskies, which are generating controversy.
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.
60) Whether he had acted in the tragedy or not, Jonson had also satirized the role in his 1598 Every Man in His Humour, where the buffoon Master Matthew quotes from Kyd's famous text (at length) before describing it, "A toy o'mine in my nonage, the infancy of my muses.
In our daily world, irregularity, chaos and Chaos manifest unpleasant meanings showing lack of organized and nonage in the current process.