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immaturity

[im-uh-choo r-i-tee, -too r-, -tyoo r-, -chur-] /ˌɪm əˈtʃʊər ɪ ti, -ˈtʊər-, -ˈtyʊər-, -ˈtʃɜr-/
noun, plural immaturities for 2.
1.
a state or condition of being immature:
the immaturity of one's behavior; the immaturity of a country's technology.
2.
an immature action or attitude.
Origin of immaturity
1530-1540
1530-40; immature + -ity, probably reflecting Latin immātūritās untimely haste, unripeness
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  • The simplicity of the letters is due not to immaturity in Paul but to immaturity in the Thessalonian church.

    The Literature and History of New Testament Times J. Gresham (John Gresham) Machen
  • Of the former class the chief cause is, in a word, immaturity.

  • Our longer period of immaturity gives us monogamous marriage and the permanent home.

    The home Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • So long as we fall short of the state of unity we are in the stage of immaturity.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • At the close of the last century, such a movement was crushed by its own folly and immaturity.

    War of the Classes Jack London
Word Origin and History for immaturity
n.

1530s, "untimeliness," from Latin immaturitatem (nominative immaturitas) "unripeness," from immaturus (see immature). Meaning "lack of maturity" attested from c.1600.

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