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Meaning of INFANCY

Pronunciation:  'infunsee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the earliest state of immaturity
  2. [n]  the early stage of growth or development

INFANCY is a 7 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: babyhood, babyhood, early childhood
 See Also: immatureness, immaturity, oral phase, oral stage, time of life



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\In"fan*cy\, n. [L. infantia: cf. F. enfance. See
1. The state or period of being an infant; the first part of
   life; early childhood.

         The babe yet lies in smiling infancy. --Milton.

         Their love in early infancy began.    --Dryden.

2. The first age of anything; the beginning or early period
   of existence; as, the infancy of an art.

         The infancy and the grandeur of Rome. --Arbuthnot.

3. (Law) The state or condition of one under age, or under
   the age of twenty-one years; nonage; minority.

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