[ muh-choo r-i-tee, -too r-, -tyoo r-, -chur- ]
/ məˈtʃʊər ɪ ti, -ˈtʊər-, -ˈtyʊər-, -ˈtʃɜr- /


the state of being mature; ripeness: The fruit will reach maturity in a few days.
full development; perfected condition: maturity of judgment; to bring a plan to maturity.
  1. the state of being due.
  2. the time when a note or bill of exchange becomes due.

Origin of maturity

1400–50; late Middle English maturite < Latin mātūritās ripeness. See mature, -ity


non·ma·tu·ri·ty, noun o·ver·ma·tu·ri·ty, noun sem·i·ma·tu·ri·ty, noun


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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What are some other forms of maturity?

  • mature (adjective)
  • immaturity (noun)
  • nonmaturity (noun)
  • overmaturity (noun)
  • semimaturity (noun)

What are some synonyms for maturity?

What are some words that share a root or word element with 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.



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

British Dictionary definitions for maturity

/ (məˈtjʊərɪtɪ, -ˈtʃʊə-) /


the state or quality of being mature; full development
  1. the date upon which a bill of exchange, bond, note, etc, becomes due for repayment
  2. the state of a bill, note, etc, when due

Medical definitions for maturity

[ mə-churĭ-tē, -tur- ]


The state or quality of being fully grown or developed.
The state or quality of being mature.