Definition of infancy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈinfənsē/


1The state or period of early childhood or babyhood: a son who died in infancy
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  • In rural Bangladesh, for example, more girls than boys die during infancy and early childhood.
  • People learn to make visual sense of faces and other items of interest, often during infancy and early childhood but sometimes over much longer periods.
  • All their children died in infancy, perhaps from childhood infections so easily treated today.
babyhood, early childhood
1.1The early stage in the development or growth of something: opinion polls were in their infancy
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  • Satellite and wireless Internet access are still in their infancy, and need years to develop.
  • Farmers' markets, while in their infancy in Ireland, are expanding, with over 40 now active throughout the country.
  • Parallelizing compilers are still in their infancy more than 20 years after parallel computers came into use.
beginnings, early days, early stages;
seeds, roots;
start, commencement, rise, emergence, genesis, dawn, birth, inception
1.2 Law The condition of being a minor.
Example sentences
  • D will be liable where he has used another person to procure the commission of the offence and that person is not guilty of the offence due to, for example, infancy, lack of mens rea or insanity.
  • Thus, in this case the court went behind a judgment obtained by default which was founded on a bill of exchange drawn by the debtor during his infancy.
  • Some events may terminate infancy automatically, such as, marriage and employment outside the home.


Late Middle English: from Latin infantia 'childhood, inability to speak', from infans, infant- (see infant).

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Syllabification: in·fan·cy

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