One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The period of a person's immaturity or youth.
youth, early years, early days, early life, infancy, babyhood, boyhood, girlhood, pre-teens, prepubescence, adolescence, teens, teenage years, young adulthood, immaturityView synonyms
- ‘Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed nonage.’
- ‘But Strawson does not give a sufficiently illuminating account of the general capacities that are absent or compromised in such conditions as nonage or insanity, in virtue of which our reactive attitudes are affected.’
Late Middle English: from Old French nonage, from non- ‘non-’ + age ‘age’.
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