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mātūrĭtas , ātis, f. id..
I. Ripeness, maturity (class.).
A. Lit.: “frugum,Cic. Tusc. 1, 28, 68: “neque multum a maturitate aberant (frumenta),Caes. B. C. 1, 48, 5; “frumentorum,id. ib. 3, 49 fin.: “celerius occidere festinatam maturitatem,an accelerated, precocious maturity, Quint. 6 praef. § 10.—
B. Transf., the full or proper time for any thing, perfection, ripeness, maturity: “maturitates gignendi,Cic. N. D. 2, 46, 119: “ad maturitatem perducere,Plin. 19, 3, 15, § 44: “pervenire,id. 13, 4, 7, § 33: “maturitatem adipisci,id. 19, 5, 23, § 67: “partūs,id. 32, 1, 1, § 6: aestiva, fullness of heat, Cic. ap. Non. 343, 21 (Rep. 4, 1, 1 B. and K.): “muriae,” i. e. its proper strength, Col. 12, 6, 2: “aetatis ad prudentiam,Cic. Fam. 4, 4, 4: “ejus rei maturitas,id. Q. Fr. 3, 8, 1: “habere maturitatem suam,id. Brut. 92, 318: “maturitatem Galli criminando,mental maturity, ripe understanding, Tac. H. 1, 87; so, “veteris imperatoris,Vell. 2, 125: “indeflexa aetatis,Plin. Pan. 4, 7.—In plur.: “temporum maturitates, mutationes, vicissitudinesque,the maturing of the seasons, Cic. N. D. 1, 36, 100; 2, 62, 155; but: si maturitas temporum, expectata foret, the full time, when the supplies would be exhausted, Liv. 22, 40, 9.—*
2. Concr., ripe fruit, Pall. Febr. 9, 12.—
3. Gentleness, mildness (late Lat.), Amm. 14, 1, 10.—
II. Promptness, expedition (post-Aug.): “poenae,Suet. Tib. 61: “maturitatem beneficio Caesaris praestare,to hasten, Front. Aquaed. 105.
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