1. The state of being ripe or brought to that 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.

3. Perfection; completeness; as the ripeness of virtue, wisdom or judgment.

4. Fitness; qualification.

5. Complete maturation or suppuration, as of an ulcer or abscess.

6. A state of preparation; as the ripeness of a project for execution.