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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Infancy \In"fan*cy\, noun [L. infantia: cf. F. enfance. See {Infant}.]

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

infancy

noun

1: the early stage of growth or development [syn: {infancy}, {babyhood}, {early childhood}]

2: the earliest state of immaturity [syn: {infancy}, {babyhood}]


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