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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Infancy  \In"fan*cy\,  n.  [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  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  infancy 
  n  1:  the  early  stage  of  growth  or  development  [syn:  {babyhood},  {early 
  childhood}] 
  2:  the  earliest  state  of  immaturity  [syn:  {babyhood}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  INFANCY,  n.  The  period  of  our  lives  when  according  to  Wordsworth, 
  "Heaven  lies  about  us."  The  world  begins  lying  about  us  pretty  soon 
  afterward. 
 
 




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