- The definition of maturity is adulthood, or is the state of being fully developed, or the time when a note is due and payable.
- The point at which you are fully grown is an example of when you achieve maturity.
- Showing common sense and making adult decisions is an example of maturity.
- A fruit that is fully-ripe is an example of a fruit that has reached maturity.
- A bank note that is due for payment is an example of a note that has reached maturity.
- the state or quality of being mature; specif.,
- a being full-grown, ripe, or fully developed
- a being perfect, complete, or ready
- a becoming due
- the time at which a note, etc. becomes due
Origin of maturityMiddle English maturite ; from Classical Latin maturitas
- The state or quality of being mature.
- a. The time at which a note or bond is due.b. The state of a note or bond being due.
- Geology A stage in the development of streams or landscapes at which maximum development has been reached or at which the process of erosion is going on with maximum vigor. Maturity of a landscape continues throughout the period of maximum topographic differentiation or until about three fourths of the original mass is carried away by erosion.
Origin of maturityMiddle English maturite, from Old French, from Latin mātūritās, from mātūrus, mature; see mature.
(countable and uncountable, plural maturities)
- The state of being mature, ready or ripe
- Some foods and drinks, like wine, only reach their full taste at maturity, which literally comes at a price
- When bodily growth has completed and/or reproduction can begin
- The entire tank of guppies was in their maturity and ready to mate.
- Some insect species reach sexual maturity well before their own bodily maturity
- (countable, finance) Date when payment is due
- The note was cashed at maturity.
mature + -ity