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From Latin īnfantia ‎(infancy, early childhood; childishness), equivalent to infant +‎ -cy.


infancy ‎(plural infancies)

  1. The earliest period of childhood (crawling rather than walking).
  2. The state of being an infant.
  3. An early stage in the development of, eg, some technology.
    Space tourism is still in its infancy.
  4. (law) The state of being a minor.


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