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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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Examples from the Web for maturity
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  • Though we are not told the age of Lazarus we judge that he was at most no more than in man's maturity.

  • This earth will not do for a Christian in the maturity of his character.

  • It is, indeed, only in maturity that we know how lovely were our earliest years!

    Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Claret for youth, say I, sack for maturity, and strong waters in old age.

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • He grinds the grains of maturity or the herbs that make the elixir of life.

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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