nonage noun1 : minority 2 a : a period of youth b : lack of maturity
“Enlightenment is man’s emergencefrom his self-imposed nonage. … This nonage is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one’s own mind without another‘s guidance.” — Immanuel Kant, “What is Enlightenment?” (1784), translatedby Mary C. Smith
“[Adolf] Berle was an amazingperson. He entered Harvard Collegein his nonage, being only fourteenyears old.” — Keith Paul Bishop, National Law Review, October 9, 2014
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Minority, majority; infancy, adulthood; nonage, full age—here you have the three contrasting pairs that constitutethe vocabulary of legal age. Minority, infancy, and nonage are synonymsthat mean “the state or time of beingunder legal age.” Majority, adulthood, and full age mean “the state or timeof being of legal age.” (All thesewords, particularly infancy and adulthood, have other meanings as well, of course.) Nonage came to us by way of Middle English from an Anglo-French union of non- and age, which combine to mean “not of age.”