Infant to Inferior

(In"fant) n. [L. infans; pref. in- not + fari to speak: cf. F. enfant, whence OE. enfaunt. See Fame, and cf. Infante, Infanta.]

1. A child in the first period of life, beginning at his birth; a young babe; sometimes, a child several years of age.

And tender cries of infants pierce the ear.
C. Pitt.

2. (Law) A person who is not of full age, or who has not attained the age of legal capacity; a person under the age of twenty-one years; a minor.

An infant under seven years of age is not penally responsible; between seven and fourteen years of age, he may be convicted of a malicious offense if malice be proved. He becomes of age on the day preceding his twenty-first birthday, previous to which time an infant has no capacity to contract.

3. Same as Infante. [Obs.] Spenser.

(In"fant) a.

1. Of or pertaining to infancy, or the first period of life; tender; not mature; as, infant strength.

2. Intended for young children; as, an infant school.

(In"fant), v. t. [Cf. F. enfanter.] To bear or bring forth, as a child; hence, to produce, in general. [Obs.]

This worthy motto, "No bishop, no king," is . . . infanted out of the same fears.

(||In*fan"ta) n. [Sp. & Pg., fem. of infante. See Infante.] A title borne by every one of the daughters of the kings of Spain and Portugal, except the eldest.

(||In*fan"te) n. [Sp. & Pg. See Infant.] A title given to every one of sons of the kings of Spain and Portugal, except the eldest or heir apparent.

(In"fant*hood) n. Infancy. [R.]

(In*fan"ti*ci`dal) a. Of or pertaining to infanticide; engaged in, or guilty of, child murder.

(In*fan"ti*cide) n. [L. infanticidium child murder; infans, -antis, child + caedere to kill: cf. F. infanticide. See Infant, and Homicide.] The murder of an infant born alive; the murder or killing of a newly born or young child; child murder.

(In*fan"ti*cide), n. [L. infanticida: cf. F. infanticide.] One who commits the crime of infanticide; one who kills an infant.

(In"fan*tile) a. [L. infantilis: cf. F. infantile. See Infant.] Of or pertaining to infancy, or to an infant; similar to, or characteristic of, an infant; childish; as, infantile behavior.

(In"fan*tine) a. [Cf. F. enfantin.] Infantile; childish.

A degree of credulity next infantine.

(In"fant*like`) a. Like an infant. Shak.

(In"fant*ly), a. Like an infant. [Obs.] Beau. & Fl.

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