Definition of immaturity in US English:

immaturity

noun

  • 1The state of being immature or not fully grown.

    • ‘His reputation rests on his incisive critiques of literary and political innocence and immaturity.’
    • ‘However, Rogers may not be able to overcome his immaturity, which has been an issue in the past.’
    • ‘To some people, this is very appealing; to others, it is a mark of immaturity.’
    • ‘His immaturity, his lack of development, all this was borne out by the record through pretrial proceeding.’
    • ‘Embryo immaturity at the metabolic and physiological levels is not a contributing factor.’
    • ‘It is the manner in which we understand and articulate the physical reality of biological immaturity.’
    • ‘Stories and novels written by children in all times have for the most part borne the stamp of naivete and childish immaturity.’
    • ‘This is due to immaturity of brainstem control of central respiratory drive.’
    • ‘Indeed, courts have recognized that developmental immaturity may qualify a juvenile for a finding of incompetence.’
    • ‘Immaturity may be a reason not to leave you to your own devices, but those who intervene cannot simply impose their choice on you.’
    • ‘Humans, indeed most species, experience biological immaturity.’
    • ‘I was perturbed at his apparent immaturity.’
    • ‘We identified the cause in the policy itself and in the ideological immaturity of the people who had determined the line.’
    • ‘It keeps people in a state of immaturity.’
    • ‘It does little to advance the debate, and simply indicates a measure of immaturity and intolerance.’
    • ‘Children are often seen as too young to benefit from therapy because of linguistic and cognitive immaturity.’
    • ‘But then the comparison is taken literally too far and that is where Rang de Basanti turns dangerous because of its immaturity and illogic.’
    • ‘This is just religious immaturity.’
    • ‘If social history is to be measured by coherent overall frameworks, it falls short - and immaturity is no longer an excuse.’
    • ‘On occasion he has shown the skills and power that persuaded Jordan to take him with the first pick despite his immaturity.’
    unripeness, greenness, sourness
    childishness, babyishness, infantilism, juvenility, puerility, lack of experience, inexperience, unworldliness, naivety, ingenuousness
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    1. 1.1 Behavior that is appropriate to someone younger.
      ‘they were shocked by such immaturity in a grown man’
      • ‘The only thing that has held them back in recent years has been their own immaturity.’
      • ‘She was concerned for her sister's happiness and frustrated by her immaturity’
      • ‘His immaturity was breathtaking.’
      • ‘Now it's immaturity that is dogging this team, along with a glaring lack of chemistry.’
      • ‘It was a mindless and moronic act of political naivete and crass immaturity.’
      • ‘They did and were satisfied it was just a random burst of immaturity.’
      • ‘I just don't see the joy of going around spreading your stupidity and immaturity.’
      • ‘However, it is far more likely his eight-length defeat came from immaturity.’
      • ‘Looking back on it, I was full of immaturity at that moment.’
      • ‘They say all that talk of immaturity on and off the field should cease.’
      • ‘Vietnamese also honor reserve and modesty, attributing loudness and brashness to immaturity and vulgarity.’
      • ‘I'm not going to apologise for my blatant immaturity.’
      • ‘Controls are needed because of the immaturity and foolishness of children, but also because of the natural tendency for rebellion.’
      • ‘For teens, the combination of inexperience and immaturity provides the foundation for a high death rate.’
      • ‘By missing the start of training camp and not telling anyone, Brooks showed his immaturity.’
      • ‘I respect him for his talent but can't stand him for his immaturity on the lanes when things aren't going his way.’
      • ‘I received a rather interesting email from a reader about Leftist immaturity.’
      • ‘Ironically, it was an act of immaturity by Brown that threatened to blow apart the Sixers.’
      • ‘I must not use my temperament as an excuse for immaturity or belligerence.’
      • ‘The device should include a taped lecture on immaturity that automatically takes over the stereo when somebody turns up Eminem too loud.’

Pronunciation

immaturity

/ˌiməˈCHo͝orədē//ˌɪməˈtʃʊrədi/