immature

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French immature. Partially displaced unripe, from Old English unrīpe (unripe, immature).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪməˈtjʊə(ɹ)/, /ɪməˈtʃʊə(ɹ)/, /ɪməˈtʃə(ɹ)/
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  • Rhymes: -ʊə(ɹ)

Adjective[edit]

immature (comparative more immature, superlative most immature)

  1. (now rare) Occurring before the proper time; untimely, premature (especially of death). [from 16th c.]
    • 1748, Samuel Richardson, Clarissa, Letter 481:
      And thou also canst best account for the causes of her immature death [] .
  2. Not fully formed or developed; not grown. [from 17th c.]
  3. Childish in behavior; juvenile. [from 20th c.]
    You're only young once, but you can be immature the rest of your life.
    The man was immature for throwing a tantrum.

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Noun[edit]

immature (plural immatures)

  1. An immature member of a species.
    • 2001, DE Walter, H Proctor, & RA Norton, Acarology: Proceedings of the 10th International Congress, →ISBN, page 51:
      There are many genera and even families of Brachypylina for which immatures are not yet known, and thus numerous examples of adult convergence and misclassification remain to be revealed: such is the case with Hypozetes.
    • 2005, Sean Dooley, The Big Twitch, Sydney: Allen and Unwin, page 240:
      While on a walk the next morning I found what looked like a patch of old growth habitat - perhaps somewhere the fires had missed - and to my astonishment saw a female Red-lored Whistler accompanied by an immature.

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French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

immature (plural immatures)

  1. immature, unripe

German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

immature

  1. inflection of immatur:
    1. strong/mixed nominative/accusative feminine singular
    2. strong nominative/accusative plural
    3. weak nominative all-gender singular
    4. weak accusative feminine/neuter singular

Italian[edit]

Adjective[edit]

immature

  1. feminine plural of immaturo

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Latin[edit]

Adjective[edit]

immātūre

  1. vocative masculine singular of immātūrus

References[edit]

  • immature in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • immature in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette