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 What gives Avis a leg up is a management team that has done a great job of cutting costs and pushing out the maturity dates on its debt until 2023, Curzio said. Paul R. La Monica, CNN, "Why Avis won't be the next Hertz," 22 June 2020 In his statement, Pompeo said that the ongoing discourse about Floyd’s death is a sign of U.S. democracy’s strength and maturity. Fox News, "Pompeo says UN Human Rights Council hits ‘new low’ with anti-US resolution on race, police," 20 June 2020 The giant cactuses, some of which can live for up to 200 years, grow to maturity at an equally long pace. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "Will the iconic saguaro cactus start to disappear from parts of the Southwest?," 18 June 2020 Trainwreck is also about someone confronting their maturity, but there are more high-concept crazy situations; this is a hangout movie. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Judd Apatow Is Okay With Not Being Funny," 11 June 2020 Apples take months to grow: the fruit from a flower fertilized in April may not reach maturity until October or November. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "How Apples Go Bad," 8 June 2020 Based on the maturity of the plant tissues, the team concluded that the dinosaur died in late spring to mid-summer, which would have been the middle of the growing season. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "Mummified ankylosaur offers a rare glimpse of a dinosaur’s last meal," 3 June 2020 Of that number, 26% came in maturities of seven years or more, and just over half came due in a year less. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "The real risk isn’t the federal government’s exploding debt. It’s how it is structured that’s so dangerous," 28 May 2020 The writing and photography are exquisite, showing an incredible level of editorial maturity and insight. Staff, USA TODAY, "Gannett Announces 2019 "Best of Gannett" Award Winners," 27 May 2020

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First Known Use of maturity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Maturity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 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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