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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First Known Use of maturity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of maturity was in the 15th century

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15 Jun 2021

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“Maturity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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