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IN-EX'TRI-CA-BLE, a. [Fr. from L. inextricabilis. See Extricate.]

  1. Not to be disentangled; not to be freed from intricacy or perplexity; as, an inextricable maze or difficulty. Sherlock.
  2. Not to be untied; as, an inextricable knot.


The state of being inextricable. Donne.


To a degree of perplexity not to be disentangled. Pope.

IN-EYE', v.t.

To inoculate, as a tree or a bud. Philips.

IN-EY'ED, pp.

Inoculated as a tree or bud.


Unfabricated; unwrought. [Not used.]

IN-FAL-LI-BIL'I-TY, or IN-FAL'LI-BLE-NESS, n. [from infallible.]

The quality of being incapable of error or mistake; entire exemption from liability to error; inerrability. No human being can justly lay claim to infallibility. This is an attribute of God only.

IN-FAL'LI-BLE, a. [Fr. infaillible; in and faillir, L. fallo.]

  1. Not fallible; not capable of erring; entirely exempt from liability to mistake; applied to persons. No man is infallible; to be infallible is the prerogative of God only.
  2. Not liable to fail, or to deceive confidence; certain; as, infallible evidence; infallible success. To whom he showed himself alive after his passion, by many infallible proofs. Acts i.


  1. Without a possibility of erring or mistaking. Smalridge.
  2. Certainly; without a possibility of failure. Our Savior has directed us to conduct that will infallibly render us happy.

IN-FAME', v.t.

To defame. [Not used.] Bacon.

IN'FA-MIZE, v.t.

To make infamous. [Not well authorized.]

IN'FA-MOUS, a. [Fr. infame; L. infamis; infamo, to defame; in and fama, fame.]

  1. Of ill report, emphatically; having a reputation of the worst kind; publicly branded with odium for vice or guilt; base; scandalous; notoriously vile; used of persons; as an infamous liar; an infamous rake or gambler.
  2. Odious; detestable; held in abhorrence; that renders a person infamous; as, an infamous vice.
  3. Branded with infamy by conviction of a crime. An infamous person can not be a witness.


  1. In a manner or degree to render infamous; scandalously; disgracefully; shamefully.
  2. With open reproach.

IN'FA-MOUS-NESS, or IN'FA-MY, n. [Fr. infamie; L. infamia; in and fama, report.]

  1. Total loss of reputation; public disgrace. Avoid the crimes and vices which expose men to infamy.
  2. Qualities which are detested and despised; qualities notoriously bad and scandalous; as, the infamy of an action.
  3. In law, that loss of character or public disgrace which a convict incurs, and by which a person is rendered incapable of being a witness or juror. Encyc.

IN'FAN-CY, n. [L. infantia. See Infant.]

  1. The first part of life, beginning at the birth. In common usage, infancy extends not beyond the first year or two of life, but there is not a defined limit where infancy ends, and childhood begins.
  2. In law, infancy extends to the age of twenty-one years.
  3. The first age of any thing; the beginning or early period of existence; as, the infancy of the Roman republic; the infancy of a college or of a charitable society; the infancy of agriculture, of manufactures, or of commerce.

IN-FAND'OUS, a. [L. infandus.]

Too odious to be expressed. [Not in use.] Howell.

IN-FANG'THEF, n. [Sax. in, fangan, to take, and theof, thief.]

In English law, the privilege granted to lords to judge thieves taken on their manors or within their franchises. Cowel.


  1. Pertaining to infancy or the first period of life.
  2. Young; tender; not mature; as, infant strength.

IN'FANT, a. [Fr. enfant; L. infans; in and fans, speaking, fari, to speak.]

  1. A child in the first period of life, beginning at his birth; a young babe. In common usage, a child ceases to be called an infant within the first or second year, but at no definite period. In some cases, authors indulge a greater latitude, and extend the term to include children of several years of age.
  2. In law, a person under the age of twenty-one years, who is incapable of making valid contracts.


In Spain and Portugal, any princess of the royal blood, except the eldest daughter when heiress apparent.


In Spain and Portugal, any son of the king, except the eldest or heir apparent.


A toy for children.

IN-FANT'I-CIDE, n. [Low L. infanticidium; infans, an infant, and c├Ždo, to kill.]

  1. The intentional killing of an infant.
  2. The slaughter of infants by Herod. Matth. ii.
  3. A slayer of infants.

IN'FANT-ILE, a. [L. infantilis.]

Pertaining to infancy, or to an infant; pertaining to the first period of life.


Pertaining to infants or to young children.