What does maturity mean?

Definitions for maturity
məˈtʃʊər ɪ ti, -ˈtʊər-, -ˈtyʊər-, -ˈtʃɜr-ma·tu·ri·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adulthood, maturitynoun

    the period of time in your life after your physical growth has stopped and you are fully developed

  2. maturity, maturenessnoun

    state of being mature; full development

  3. maturity, maturity date, due datenoun

    the date on which an obligation must be repaid


  1. maturitynoun

    The state of being mature, ready or ripe

    Some foods and drinks, like wine, only reach their full taste at maturity, which literally comes at a price

    Etymology: mature + -ity

  2. maturitynoun

    When bodily growth has completed and/or reproduction can begin

    Etymology: mature + -ity

  3. maturitynoun

    Date when payment is due

    The note was cashed at maturity.

    Etymology: mature + -ity

Webster Dictionary

  1. Maturitynoun

    the state or quality of being mature; ripeness; full development; as, the maturity of corn or of grass; maturity of judgment; the maturity of a plan

    Etymology: [L. maturitas: cf. F. maturit.]

  2. Maturitynoun

    arrival of the time fixed for payment; a becoming due; termination of the period a note, etc., has to run

    Etymology: [L. maturitas: cf. F. maturit.]


  1. Maturity

    In psychology, maturity is the ability to respond to the environment in an appropriate manner. This response is generally learned rather than instinctive, and is not determined by one's age. Maturity also encompasses being aware of the correct time and place to behave and knowing when to act appropriately, according to the circumstances and the culture of the society one lives in. Adult development and maturity theories include the purpose in life concept, in which maturity emphasizes a clear comprehension of life's purpose, directedness, and intentionality which, contributes to the feeling that life is meaningful. The status of maturity is distinguished by the shift away from reliance on guardianship and the oversight of an adult in decision-making acts. Maturity has different definitions across legal, social, sexual, emotional, political, and intellectual contexts. The age or qualities assigned for each of these contexts are tied to culturally-significant indicators of independence that often vary as a result of religious or social sentiments. The concept of psychological maturity has implications across both legal and social contexts, while a combination of political activism and scientific evidence continue to reshape and qualify its definition. Because of these factors, the notion and definition of maturity is somewhat subjective. Even so, both principles of maturity and immaturity share a long history in human evolution and have far-reaching implications for the timing and duration of sexual and physical development.

Editors Contribution

  1. maturity

    The act and quality of a mature human being.

    Maturity is so important as we are such beautiful souls and so mature.

    Submitted by MaryC on April 9, 2020  

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'maturity' in Nouns Frequency: #2370

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of maturity in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of maturity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of maturity in a Sentence

  1. Paul Azinger:

    Jordan Spieth continues to amaze, i don't know if anybody would have even thought Rory McIlroy would ever see anybody like Jordan Spieth with that maturity at such a young age.

  2. Edward Bedore:

    The knowledge of Christ's love for us should cause us to love Him in such a way that it is demonstrated in our attitude, conduct, and commitment to serve God. Spiritual maturity is marked by spiritual knowledge being put into action.

  3. Ehsan Sehgal:

    Maturity does not match, with immaturity.

  4. Richard Paul Evans:

    I am not a believer in love at first sight. For love, in its truest form, is not the thing of starry-eyed or star-crossed lovers, it is far more organic, requiring nurturing and time to fully bloom, and, as such, seen best not in its callow youth but in its wrinkled maturity. Like all living things, love, too, struggles against hardship, and in the process sheds its fatuous skin to expose one composed of more than just a storm of emotion–one of loyalty and divine friendship. Agape. And though it may be temporarily blinded by adversity, it never gives in or up, holding tight to lofty ideals that transcend this earth and time–while its counterfeit simply concludes it was mistaken and quickly runs off to find the next real thing.” ― Richard Paul Evans

  5. Will Roper:

    With this milestone complete, the test program has demonstrated a level of maturity that positions Boeing to deliver, and the Air Force to accept, an aircraft by the end of October 2018.

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