The state of immaturity suggests something that has not ripened or is not fully grown. Applied to humans, it is the state of being less than fully-grown, or at least of acting in a childish or silly manner.

With the Latin word immātūritās meaning "unripeness," as in a piece of fruit that is not yet fully developed, we can see the meaning of the modern word immaturity. Nowadays, the word is applied more often to people than to fruit, usually in referring to foolish behavior. Although the word is most often used to refer to adolescent behavior, it can still be applied to a physical state of development. And of course, it can still be applied to underripe produce.

Definitions of immaturity

n the state of not having reached maturity

matureness, maturity
state of being mature; full development
show 6 types...
hide 6 types...
the state of not being ripe
callowness, jejuneness, juvenility
lacking and evidencing lack of experience of life
prematureness, prematurity
the state of being premature
in the state that someone is in between puberty and adulthood
childhood, puerility
the state of a child between infancy and adolescence
babyhood, infancy
the earliest state of immaturity
Type of:
the way something is with respect to its main attributes

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.