- the state of being due: There is always the danger that if you have to sell your home before maturity of your mortgage, you won't net enough cash from the sale to repay the loan in full.
- maturity date: The loan has reached its maturity and must be paid back in full.
- Usually maturities . bonds and other investments having a fixed term: Some investors prefer short-term maturities to avoid tying up their money for a long period.
Origin of maturity
OTHER WORDS FROM maturitynon·ma·tu·ri·ty, nouno·ver·ma·tu·ri·ty, nounsem·i·ma·tu·ri·ty, noun
Words nearby maturity
What does maturity mean?
Maturity is the state of having reached a stage of full or advanced development.
Maturity is a noun form of mature, which is commonly used as an adjective generally meaning fully developed (as a verb, mature generally means to fully develop). If a person shows or has maturity, they are mature, meaning they act grown-up. When an animal has reached maturity, it has reached adulthood. When a fruit has reached maturity, it’s ripe.
Maturity is also used in the context of finance to refer to the state of something being due for repayment, such as a bond.
Example: Some of my students show maturity, but the rest of them act like preschoolers.
Where does maturity come from?
The first records of mature and maturity come from the 1400s. Both ultimately derive from the Latin word mātūrus, meaning “‘ripe,” “timely,” or “early.” The suffix -ity is used to make adjectives into nouns, as in words like purity (meaning “the state of being pure”).
Maturity is perhaps most often applied to people—typically to discuss whether they have it or they don’t. Someone with maturity is responsible and grown-up—they act in a way that’s mature. The opposite is immaturity. Though immaturity is often associated with youth and a lack of experience, you don’t have to be any particular age to show maturity (but at the very least you do have to act your age).
When a bond reaches maturity, it means it’s ready to pay out. If you cash it out before it reaches maturity, you won’t get the full amount. If you have the patience to wait, you’ll get the most out of it—kind of like waiting to eat a fruit until it reaches maturity (becomes ripe). Good news—patience is a sign of maturity.
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How is maturity used in real life?
Maturity can be used in many different ways. Most of the time it’s used in reference to people, animals, plants, or money.
Your age doesn't define your maturity 💭
— JoshuaMicah (@iamjoshuamicah) June 2, 2020
“Yours is a grave and sobering responsibility, but it is also a shining opportunity. You go out into a world where mankind is challenged, as it has never been challenged before, to prove its maturity and its mastery — not of nature, but of itself.” https://t.co/gm5Ow0DsJA
— Maria Popova (@brainpicker) May 28, 2020
It takes kale approximately 150 days to reach maturity https://t.co/Ifk6jarVX2
— AgriLand (@AgrilandIreland) May 31, 2020
Try using maturity!
Which of the following sentences does NOT use maturity correctly?
A. You can tell that strawberries have reached maturity when they’re bright red with green leaves.
B. Your maturity in class today was unacceptable—please try to act more grown-up.
C. You should wait to cash in the bond until it reaches full maturity.
How to use maturity in a sentence
This is, once again, not surprising, but it’s a reminder that subtle differences in age matter when you’re comparing young people who haven’t reached physical maturity.
Sometimes she gets really, really high or low, and that comes with maturity.Dynamic sophomores Ashley Owusu and Diamond Miller are powering an explosive Maryland offense|Kareem Copeland|January 13, 2021|Washington Post
Enders’s joining the Lilium board is a sign of the growing maturity of flying-car startups.Former Airbus chief joins board of flying-taxi startup|Jeremy Kahn|January 11, 2021|Fortune
Here he was again Sunday morning, back in South Florida, on the video conference in a square adjacent to the square of Ohio State Coach Ryan Day, with Saban saying, “Our team has shown a lot of maturity and perseverance throughout the season.”Nick Saban continues a stretch unmatched in the history of college football|Chuck Culpepper|January 11, 2021|Washington Post
A democracy’s maturity and solidity, however, is measured by its institutions’ capacity to resist these claims of democracy’s destruction.
The court ruled she lacked the maturity to make her own medical decisions.
There are those, however, who don't equate sangfroid and good manners with maturity.
Sometimes when tensions run high, even our esteemed elders show a certain lack of maturity.When Politicos Attack: Six Biggest On-Camera Blow-Ups|Rachel Bronstein|January 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Never before have the issues facing so many black women been explored with such unapologetic honesty or such clear-cut maturity.
The Silicon Valley electric car manufacturer has plowed through its adolescence and is showing signs of maturity.
It happened that an unusually large crop had been planted and was approaching maturity at the moment of the outbreak of the war.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
He realized for the first time what a prop and resource the deep maturity and scornful strength of his mother had been.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
Blossoms and fruit in full maturity are found upon the trees at the same time, and hence the harvest lasts nearly the whole year.A Woman's Journey Round the World|Ida Pfeiffer
The flavor was exceedingly fine, but it had not been allowed to come to maturity, hence it was thin and shriveled.
The seed is sown in August, and the seedlings are transplanted in November, the crop arriving at maturity in three or four months.
British Dictionary definitions for maturity
- the date upon which a bill of exchange, bond, note, etc, becomes due for repayment
- the state of a bill, note, etc, when due