Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The state or quality of being fully grown or developed.
  • n. The state or quality of being mature.
  • n. The time at which a note or bond is due.
  • n. The state of a note or bond being due.
  • n. 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being mature, ready or ripe
  • n. When bodily growth has completed and/or reproduction can begin
  • n. Date when payment is due

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The state or quality of being mature; ripeness; full development
  • n. Arrival of the time fixed for payment; a becoming due; termination of the period a note, etc., has to run.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being mature; ripeness; completeness; full development or elaboration: as, maturity of age; the maturity of corn; the maturity of a scheme.
  • n. In com., the time fixed for payment of an obligation; the time when a note or bill of exchange becomes due.
  • n. In medicine, a state of perfect suppuration.
  • n. In physical geography, that stage in the geographical cycle or cycle of erosion when the fullest development of variety in forms and of activity in processes is attained. It lies between the uncarved forms of youth and the worn-down forms of old age.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. state of being mature; full development
  • n. the date on which an obligation must be repaid
  • n. the period of time in your life after your physical growth has stopped and you are fully developed

Etymologies

Middle English maturite, from Old French, from Latin mātūritās, from mātūrus, mature; see mature.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
mature + -ity (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The filling of the juvenile mind, long before nature brings the body to maturity, with impure imaginations, not only preoccupies the ground which is greatly needed for something else, and fills it with shoots of a noxious growth, but actually induces, if I may so say, a _precocious maturity_.

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  • The word freedom had dropped from her vocabulary; the word maturity replaced it.

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  • I'd even call it "maturity" -- or I would, if I hadn't gotten a kick out of ForumWarz.

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  • Both novels, for example, reflect an initial isolation of the hero, a sense of expectancy with which his maturity is anticipated, and a sense of guilt which his actions create.

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  • Perhaps, in some dark hidden place in her mind, she had wanted a child: perhaps what she was waiting for, what she called maturity, involved having one and getting it over with.

    The Women’s Room

  • But when the evolving form has reached a certain degree of comparative perfection which we call maturity, it

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • To that end, Mr. Tong selected the bloggers not by how large their followings were, as he did in February, but based on what he called their "maturity" levels, and their focus on women's wear, men's wear, accessories or beauty.

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  • At June 30, 2011, the fair value of the long term debt approximated their carrying values due to their floating interest rate nature and short term maturity.

  • Now, we do have a term maturity of about $269 million in the middle part of the year and then the balance will be used to pay down CP.

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  • (Of course there are some who would question whether "maturity" is the right word.)

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