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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 hand that did it was very young, very immature; but it had the youth and the immaturity of a Master.

    Holbein Beatrice Fortescue
  • Of the former class the chief cause is, in a word, immaturity.

  • So long as we fall short of the state of unity we are in the stage of immaturity.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture

    Alexander Maclaren
  • The perpetuation of the species must not depend upon the license of immaturity.

  • It is due to ignorance, immaturity, and neglect, like the naughtinesses of children.

    The Heart of Nature Francis Younghusband
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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