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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

  2. maturitynoun

    When bodily growth has completed and/or reproduction can begin

  3. maturitynoun

    Date when payment is due

    The note was cashed at maturity.

  4. Etymology: mature + -ity

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Maturitynoun

    Ripeness; completion.

    Etymology: maturité, French; maturitas, Lat.

    It may not be unfit to call some of young years to train up for those weighty affairs, against the time of greater maturity. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    Impatient nature had taught motion
    To start from time, and cheerfully to fly
    Before, and seize upon maturity. Richard Crashaw.

    Various mortifications must be undergone, many difficulties and obstructions conquered, before we can arrive at a just maturity in religion. John Rogers, Sermons.

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

  2. Maturitynoun

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

  3. 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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    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. Friedrich Nietzsche:

    Maturity consists in having rediscovered the seriousness one had as a child at play.

  2. Mike Conley:

    I think maturity is playing a part in it, i think them getting a taste of what it’s like to play at that level, allowed them to go into the summer understanding what they needed to do in order to be back and competitive in that nature. ... They’re for real, and they’re going to be a tough team.

  3. Susan Hughes:

    Kyle Rittenhouses case is the Anthony I knew. He was very much a person who would jump into action, kyle gets into a situation over his head in terms of his emotional maturity to handle it, walks away after killing two people and serious maiming another one. That doesn't seem equitable.

  4. Fiona Legate:

    The maturity of the UK North Sea has really started to show and with the fall in the oil price, companies are placing a lot more scrutiny on projects and fields and taking a view on whether they can continue to produce economically, we expect to see more announcements like Fairfield's.

  5. Emma Raducanu:

    What a terrific display of competition maturity from two exceptional players, it is wonderful to see this generation living our dream. I can't remember a US Open with better crowd support. Thank you, NY, the greatest fans in the world.

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