in its infancy


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in its infancy

In the early, nascent period of development or implementation. (Typically of an area of activity, interest, research, etc.) Despite social media's ubiquity in modern life, research on its effects on human behavior is still in its infancy.
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The national market for motorcycle sales at auction is in its infancy compared to the well developed marketplace for the sale of premium quality vintage and used cars.
While the effort is still in its infancy, the goal is to convert the dumb, order-taking computer into a thinking problem solver.
Stopped in its infancy by bureaucratic red tape, Stephanie's day care center became a victim of racism.
Data sharing is still in its infancy at the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs, which is charged with screening foreign visa applicants for possible terrorist or criminal ties.
In its infancy, the internet was metaphorically dubbed the Information Superhighway, with its attendant on-ramps, potholes, and slow and fast lanes.
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.
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.
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.