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[muh-choo r-i-tee, -too r-, -tyoo r-, -chur-] /məˈtʃʊər ɪ ti, -ˈtʊər-, -ˈtyʊər-, -ˈtʃɜr-/
the state of being mature; ripeness:
The fruit will reach maturity in a few days.
full development; perfected condition:
maturity of judgment; to bring a plan to maturity.
  1. the state of being due.
  2. the time when a note or bill of exchange becomes due.
Origin of maturity
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English maturite < Latin mātūritās ripeness. See mature, -ity
Related forms
nonmaturity, noun
overmaturity, noun
semimaturity, noun Unabridged
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  • Although full physical maturity has been reached at this time, educational and emotional maturity remain ongoing.
  • The maturity, wisdom, and experience of older adults should not be lost to the workplace.
  • Dizzy economic growth has not, alas, brought political maturity.
  • If you hold the bond to maturity, the company will pay you the bond's full face value.
  • The successful applicant will demonstrate a willingness to engage in service opportunities commensurate with career maturity.
  • The study also showed that memory retention depends on the maturity of the developing caterpillars' brains.
  • Remedy showed a considerable amount of design maturity in moving from their original open world to a more directed experience.
  • Cabaret venerates maturity more fervently than any other form of entertainment.
  • Colleges used to be filled with individuals who had the maturity and vocabulary skills to find more eloquent ways for expression.
  • It is not much different in maturity from nuclear power.
British Dictionary definitions for maturity


/məˈtjʊərɪtɪ; -ˈtʃʊə-/
the state or quality of being mature; full development
  1. the date upon which a bill of exchange, bond, note, etc, becomes due for repayment
  2. the state of a bill, note, etc, when due
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Word Origin and History for maturity

early 15c., "maturity of character;" mid-15c., "ripeness," from Middle French maturité and directly from Latin maturitatem (nominative maturitas) "ripeness," from maturus "ripe" (see mature (v.)). Financial sense "state of being due for payment" is from 1815.

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maturity in Medicine

maturity ma·tu·ri·ty (mə-tyur'ĭ-tē, -tur'-, -chur'-)

  1. The state or quality of being fully grown or developed.

  2. The state or quality of being mature.

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