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maturity

noun
     
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ma‧tu‧ri‧ty [uncountable]
1 the quality of behaving in a sensible way like an adult [≠ immaturity]:
Beth shows a maturity way beyond her 16 years.
One day you'll have the maturity to understand.
2 the time or state when someone or something is fully grown or developed
at maturity
The tree will reach only 5 feet at maturity.
reach/come to/grow to maturity
These insects reach full maturity after a few weeks.
the era when the Republic came to political maturity
sexual/emotional/physical maturity
He lacks the emotional maturity to appreciate poetry.
3BF the time when a financial arrangement such as a bond or an insurance policy becomes ready to be paid

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