Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being ripe, in any sense.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The state or quality of being ripe; maturity;; completeness; perfection

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  • noun the characteristic of being ripe

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the state of being ripe

Etymologies

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ripe +‎ -ness

Examples

  • I have never met with a man, either in England or America, who hath not confessed his opinion that a separation between the countries, would take place one time or other: And there is no instance, in which we have shewn less judgement, than in endeavouring to describe, what we call the ripeness or fitness of the Continent for independence.

    Common Sense

  • I love fruit desserts; I opt for something fruited over something not almost any time … Understanding what to look for in ripeness or the names of fruit allows the reader to feel more comfortable in purchasing something they might not have in the past.

    Rustic Fruit Desserts

  • The best ones, almost without fail, tend to be made with fruit grown on Long Island, where achieving ripeness is less of a worry.

    LENNDEVOURS:

  • The best ones, almost without fail, tend to be made with fruit grown on Long Island, where achieving ripeness is less of a worry.

    Billsboro Winery 2006 Pinot Noir (Finger Lakes)

  • In a cooler growing climate like the Finger Lakes the number of growing days for ideal ripeness is sometimes compromised by the onset of chilly fall weather.

    Finger Lakes Early Harvest Report

  • In a cooler growing climate like the Finger Lakes the number of growing days for ideal ripeness is sometimes compromised by the onset of chilly fall weather.

    LENNDEVOURS:

  • Flavor development and tannin ripeness went further than I remember tasting.

    The New York Cork Report:

  • Flavor development and tannin ripeness went further than I remember tasting.

    The 2007 Vintage and Howard Goldberg, the Wine Curmudgeon

  • Although presumably inadvertent, the Weekend at Bernie's suggestion of a mummified Camus at the Café de Flore is charming; but the ripeness is all, and Fonda isn't yet ripe for politics.

    Calamity Jane

  • Although presumably inadvertent, the Weekend at Bernie's suggestion of a mummified Camus at the Café de Flore is charming; but the ripeness is all, and Fonda isn't yet ripe for politics.

    Calamity Jane

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