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[im-uh-choo r, -too r, -tyoo r, -chur] /ˈɪm əˈtʃʊər, -ˈtʊər, -ˈtyʊər, -ˈtʃɜr/
not mature, ripe, developed, perfected, etc.
emotionally undeveloped; juvenile; childish.
Physical Geography, youthful (def 5).
Archaic. premature.
Origin of immature
1540-50; < Latin immātūrus unripe, hence, untimely. See im-2, mature
Related forms
immaturely, adverb
immatureness, noun
2. callow, puerile, babyish. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for immature
  • We must run some risks, as all immature creatures do, in the effort to use our own limbs.
  • Even during the spawning season, its reproductive system remains immature.
  • The green, horizontal blossom below is still too immature to benefit from insect visitors.
  • immature bed bugs have a similar appearance to adults, with the smallest being the size of the head of a pin.
  • Plants also discourage animal browsing on green leaves and immature fruits with a bitter taste.
  • It's so childish and immature of them, and it's also sad when you really think of it.
  • The first is protection from foreign takeover of immature industries.
  • The immature parasites drill through the wall of a snail's gut and settle in the digestive gland.
  • On the off chance that you're an immature adult, let me try and reach you.
  • Here's a key factor in it: scientists as a group tend to be emotionally immature.
British Dictionary definitions for immature


/ˌɪməˈtjʊə; -ˈtʃʊə/
not fully grown or developed
deficient in maturity; lacking wisdom, insight, emotional stability, etc
(geography) a less common term for youthful (sense 4)
Derived Forms
immaturity, immatureness, noun
immaturely, adverb
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Word Origin and History for immature

1540s, "untimely, premature," from Latin immaturus "untimely, unripe," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + maturus (see mature (v.)). In 16c., usually in reference to early death; modern sense of "not fully developed" first recorded 1640s. In reference to mentalities or behaviors not considered age-appropriate, from 1920.

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immature in Medicine

immature im·ma·ture (ĭm'ə-tyur', -tur', -chur')
Not fully grown or developed.

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