- the state of being due.
- the time when a note or bill of exchange becomes due.
Origin of maturity
OTHER WORDS FROM maturitynon·ma·tu·ri·ty, noun o·ver·ma·tu·ri·ty, noun sem·i·ma·tu·ri·ty, noun
Words nearby maturity
What does maturity mean?
Maturity is the state of having reached a stage of full or advanced development.
Maturity is a noun form of mature, which is commonly used as an adjective generally meaning fully developed (as a verb, mature generally means to fully develop). If a person shows or has maturity, they are mature, meaning they act grown-up. When an animal has reached maturity, it has reached adulthood. When a fruit has reached maturity, it’s ripe.
Maturity is also used in the context of finance to refer to the state of something being due for repayment, such as a bond.
Example: Some of my students show maturity, but the rest of them act like preschoolers.
Where does maturity come from?
The first records of mature and maturity come from the 1400s. Both ultimately derive from the Latin word mātūrus, meaning “‘ripe,” “timely,” or “early.” The suffix -ity is used to make adjectives into nouns, as in words like purity (meaning “the state of being pure”).
Maturity is perhaps most often applied to people—typically to discuss whether they have it or they don’t. Someone with maturity is responsible and grown-up—they act in a way that’s mature. The opposite is immaturity. Though immaturity is often associated with youth and a lack of experience, you don’t have to be any particular age to show maturity (but at the very least you do have to act your age).
When a bond reaches maturity, it means it’s ready to pay out. If you cash it out before it reaches maturity, you won’t get the full amount. If you have the patience to wait, you’ll get the most out of it—kind of like waiting to eat a fruit until it reaches maturity (becomes ripe). Good news—patience is a sign of maturity.
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How is maturity used in real life?
Maturity can be used in many different ways. Most of the time it’s used in reference to people, animals, plants, or money.
Your age doesn't define your maturity 💭
— JoshuaMicah (@iamjoshuamicah) June 2, 2020
“Yours is a grave and sobering responsibility, but it is also a shining opportunity. You go out into a world where mankind is challenged, as it has never been challenged before, to prove its maturity and its mastery — not of nature, but of itself.” https://t.co/gm5Ow0DsJA
— Maria Popova (@brainpicker) May 28, 2020
It takes kale approximately 150 days to reach maturity https://t.co/Ifk6jarVX2
— AgriLand (@AgrilandIreland) May 31, 2020
Try using maturity!
Which of the following sentences does NOT use maturity correctly?
A. You can tell that strawberries have reached maturity when they’re bright red with green leaves.
B. Your maturity in class today was unacceptable—please try to act more grown-up.
C. You should wait to cash in the bond until it reaches full maturity.
Example sentences from the Web for maturity
The court ruled she lacked the maturity to make her own medical decisions.
There are those, however, who don't equate sangfroid and good manners with maturity.
Sometimes when tensions run high, even our esteemed elders show a certain lack of maturity.When Politicos Attack: Six Biggest On-Camera Blow-Ups |Rachel Bronstein |January 29, 2014 |DAILY BEAST
The Silicon Valley electric car manufacturer has plowed through its adolescence and is showing signs of maturity.
“The country has reached a certain level of maturity and is ready to go out and mix with the rest of the world,” says Faena.A Soccer Star, a Queen, and Now a Pope! Argentina’s Having a Very, Very Big Year |David Kaufman |March 14, 2013 |DAILY BEAST
The plant is generally sessile, sometimes more or less stemmed, at maturity filled with a dusty mass of spores and thread.The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise |M. E. Hard
The meat of animals brought very early to maturity is seldom so valuable as the naturally developed article.The Stock-Feeder's Manual |Charles Alexander Cameron
Time—and we, of all people in the world, ought best to know how long a time—is requisite to bring such good fruit to maturity.Buenos Ayres and the Provinces of the Rio de La Plata |Woodbine Parish
But Henry, on coming to maturity, soon showed himself jealous of the great man who had protected his helpless boyhood.A History of England |Charles Oman
From day to day there is no difference; but days make years, and years change youth to maturity, maturity to decay.Double Harness |Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for maturity
- the date upon which a bill of exchange, bond, note, etc, becomes due for repayment
- the state of a bill, note, etc, when due