ma·​tu·​ri·​ty | \ mə-ˈchu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce maturity (audio) , -ˈchər- also -ˈtu̇r- How to pronounce maturity (audio) , -ˈtyu̇r- \

Definition of maturity

1 : the quality or state of being mature especially : full development the maturity of grain maturity of judgment lacks the wisdom and maturity needed to run the company
2 : termination of the period that an obligation (see obligation sense 2c) has to run

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Examples of maturity in a Sentence

His behavior shows a lack of maturity. He reached emotional maturity late in his life. the maturity level of a child The bond will reach maturity in 10 years. Maturities on these bonds can be as long as 10 years.
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Recent Examples on the Web Borrowers may apply for forgiveness at any time before the loan’s maturity date. Amara Omeokwe, WSJ, "Applying for PPP Forgiveness? Here Are Some Things to Know," 21 Oct. 2020 Corn for grain had reached maturity on 94% of the acres, three weeks ahead of last year and two weeks ahead of the 5-year average. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Sunday Night Storms. Tumbling Temps Next Week," 10 Oct. 2020 That movement is now reaching maturity, and law in the U.S. is thus poised to shift – starting perhaps as soon as the Supreme Court term that began this week – substantially toward favoring religious liberty over all other rights, legal experts say. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "With Amy Coney Barrett, a once-fringe legal philosophy goes mainstream," 6 Oct. 2020 Ash trees take at least 16 years to reach maturity, giving ash borers ample opportunity to lay their eggs in the trees’ crowns. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Invasive Pest Threatens Future of North American Ash Trees," 25 Sep. 2020 Mounting a human mission to Mars will require an incredible amount of funding, several key technologies to reach maturity, and sustained support for more than a decade. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Netflix’s Away splendidly brings a humans-to-Mars mission to life," 19 Sep. 2020 Mojave desert tortoises don’t reach reproductive maturity until about age 15, so this particular animal would have been on the cusp of being able to help propagate its species before July fireworks blew up that possibility. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Biologists survey wildfire destruction on Utah tortoise habitat," 6 Sep. 2020 His most radical work, Agrarian Justice, proposed the revolutionary idea of a wealth tax to fund payments to citizens reaching maturity, a precursor to today’s idea of a basic income. Bruce Bartlett, The New Republic, "Socialism Is as American as Apple Pie," 17 Aug. 2020 Refinancing the loan that is reaching maturity next summer is an option for the company, Fahy said, but that won’t necessarily be easy. Austin Fuller,, "Red Lobster faces its ‘most challenging time,’ as big loan payment looms amid pandemic," 13 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of maturity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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24 Oct 2020

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“Maturity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of maturity

: the state of being fully developed in the body or the mind
finance : the state of being due for payment
finance : the amount of time that must pass before something (such as a bond) becomes due for payment


ma·​tu·​ri·​ty | \ mə-ˈtu̇r-ə-tē How to pronounce maturity (audio) , -ˈtyu̇r-, -ˈchu̇r- \

Kids Definition of maturity

: the condition of being fully developed


ma·​tu·​ri·​ty | \ mə-ˈt(y)u̇r-ət-ē also -ˈchu̇r- \
plural maturities

Medical Definition of maturity

: the quality or state of being mature especially : full development

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ma·​tu·​ri·​ty | \ mə-ˈtu̇r-ə-tē, -ˈchu̇r- How to pronounce maturity (audio) \

Legal Definition of maturity

: termination of the period that a note or other obligation has to run : state or condition of having become due

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