infancy
in·fan·cy /'in-fən-sē/ n pl -cies
1: the legal status of an infant: minority
2: the affirmative defense of lacking legal capacity (as to make a contract or commit a crime) because of being too young and esp. because one's age is below an age set by statute

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

infancy
index birth (beginning), nascency, nonage, onset (commencement), origination, outset, start

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


infancy
n.
Childhood; minority; the period before which a person reaches legal majority.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


infancy
1) Very early childhood.
2) The period of a person's life when they have not reached legal majority or adulthood.
Category: Divorce & Family Law

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


infancy
n.
1 The earliest stage of childhood.
2 More generally used to describe a person prior to the age of majority.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


infancy
Minority; the status of an individual who is below the legal age of majority.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


infancy
Minority; the status of an individual who is below the legal age of majority.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

infancy
n.
   although the popular use of the word means the early years of age up to seven, in law, it is under-age or minority. Historically this meant under 21 years, but statutes adopted in almost all states end minority and infancy at 18. An "infant" cannot file a lawsuit without a "guardian ad litem" (one-purpose guardian) acting for him/her, in most states cannot marry without parental permission, and cannot enter into a contract that is enforceable during his/her minority.
   See also: ad litem, minority

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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