in its infancy

Also found in: Idioms.
References in classic literature ?
It will end in our going to the New World, and trying Society in its infancy, among the forests and the plains.
Prime Minister said that our government is still in its infancy and various parties have started statements of staging sit ins against the PML-N.
Last year [the sector] was still in its infancy stages - the iPad was just kicking off last June, and it wasn't really available in the market.
The DVD market was still in its infancy, but the signs were that it was beginning to strengthen, with an increasing number of consumers owning DVD players.
Stopped in its infancy by bureaucratic red tape, Stephanie's day care center became a victim of racism.