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  • n. the state or property of being unripe

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Quality or state of being unripe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being unripe; want of ripeness; immaturity.


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  • In short, I am a very pretty green fruit, with all the charm of unripeness.

    Letters of Two Brides

  • The ripeness, or unripeness, of the occasion (as we said) must ever be well weighed; and generally it is good, to commit the beginnings of an great actions to Argus, with his hundred eyes, and the ends to

    The Essays

  • He might before have speculated about the unripeness of Germany for the revolution he envisioned,but now, in the heat of the moment, he was as ready as Lincoln or Alexander had been to act.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

  • They pluck off, one by one, grapes that have stayed green, so that not even a hint of unripeness will mar their wine.

    Merlot for Snobs

  • He was sent up a cocoa-nut tree which was heavily loaded with nuts in various stages of ripeness and unripeness, going up in surly fashion, looking round at intervals and shaking his chain angrily.

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • By some unconscious and unlucky leap he has passed from the unripeness of youth to the decay of age, without even knowing what it was to be in his prime.

    Castle Richmond

  • In the early stage of unripeness he has found an astringent substance in the fiber.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 620, November 19,1887

  • The ripeness or unripeness of the occasion (as we said) must ever be well weighed; and generally it is good to commit the beginnings of all great actions to Argus with his hundred eyes, and the ends to Briareus with his hundred hands; first to watch, and then to speed.

    XXI. Of Delays

  • Images, finding that of which they were images, lost their grotesqueness or meaninglessness of line, their quality of caricature, lost unripeness, lost the dull annoy of riddles never meant to be answered ....


  • It is for the reader to judge what allowance is to be made for unripeness, whether of substance or of form.



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