Definition for RIPE-NESS


  1. The state of being ripe or brought to the state of perfection which fits for use; maturity; as, the ripeness of grain.
  2. Full growth. Time which made them their fame outlive, / To Cowley scarce did ripeness give. – Denham.
  3. Perfection; completeness; as, the ripeness of virtue, wisdom or judgment.
  4. Fitness; qualification. – Shak.
  5. Complete maturation or suppuration, as of an ulcer or abscess.
  6. A state of preparation; as, the ripeness of a project for execution.

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