immature

adjective
im·​ma·​ture | \ ˌi-mə-ˈtu̇r How to pronounce immature (audio) , -ˈtyu̇r, -ˈchu̇r How to pronounce immature (audio) \

Definition of immature

1a : exhibiting less than an expected degree of maturity emotionally immature adults
b : lacking complete growth, differentiation, or development immature fruits a sexually immature bird
c : having the potential capacity to attain a definitive form or state : crude, unfinished a vigorous but immature school of art
2 archaic : premature

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Other Words from immature

immature noun
immaturely adverb
immaturity \ ˌi-​mə-​ˈtu̇r-​ə-​tē How to pronounce immature (audio) , -​ˈtyu̇r-​ , -​ˈchu̇r-​ \ noun

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Examples of immature in a Sentence

The flock included both adult and immature birds. His teachers have complained about his immature behavior.
Recent Examples on the Web This is about being too immature or self-involved to recognize how his behavior affects and hurts his partner’s feelings. Washington Post, 6 May 2021 This is about being too immature or self-involved to recognize how his behavior affects and hurts his partner’s feelings. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 6 May 2021 This is about being too immature or self-involved to recognize how his behavior affects and hurts his partner’s feelings. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 6 May 2021 In Massachusetts, two and a half years after the first legal pot sales — and despite a substantial increase in the pace of licensing — the state’s cannabis industry remains relatively immature. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Apr. 2021 Most have one to five-year lifecycles and generally have immature stages that live below ground and adults that emerge from the ground to reproduce. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, 14 May 2021 Your brother-in-law is a conscienceless, immature braggart. Arkansas Online, 14 May 2021 As a result, a new slimming coffee Vitaccino Imperia Elita, made of African-Ethiopian black coffee Moyojava, soluble low-fat milk and natural extracts for weight loss Hunger-obliviongrass, Griffonia Simplicifolia, Tuckahoe and immature oranges. Mike Wehner, BGR, 12 May 2021 Hunters had brought in a few early season birds, taken in September and October, that were immature. Anchorage Daily News, 8 May 2021

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First Known Use of immature

1548, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for immature

Latin immaturus, from in- + maturus mature

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The first known use of immature was in 1548

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2 Jun 2021

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“Immature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/immature. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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immature

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of immature

: not fully developed or grown
: acting in a childish way : having or showing a lack of emotional maturity

immature

adjective
im·​ma·​ture | \ ˌi-mə-ˈtu̇r How to pronounce immature (audio) , -ˈtyu̇r, -ˈchu̇r \

Kids Definition of immature

1 : not yet fully grown or ripe an immature bird immature fruit
2 : acting in or exhibiting a childish manner an immature teenager immature behavior

Other Words from immature

immaturely adverb

immature

adjective
im·​ma·​ture | \ ˌim-ə-ˈt(y)u̇(ə)r also -ˈchu̇(ə)r \

Medical Definition of immature

: lacking complete growth, differentiation, or development immature blood cells emotionally immature

Other Words from immature

immaturely adverb
immaturity \ -​ˈt(y)u̇r-​ət-​ē also -​ˈchu̇r-​ \ noun, plural immaturities

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