I am looking for an alternative for "full-fledged".

Mister X systematised its use and meaning, and developed the notion into a full-fledged concept of ...

The context is academic, but not related to zoology. Its a paper about language and semantics, and I do not like the phrase "full-fledged" in those contexts, so I guess I have two questions:

  1. Is this expression ok in this context
  2. Notwithstanding Question #1, are there suitable alternatives?
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    Welcome to English Language & Usage. This is out of scope here: writing advice. If appropriate please recast the question in terms of what you would like explained about "full-fledged" and also present the research you did before asking here. Thanks.
    – MetaEd
    Mar 27, 2013 at 11:02
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    @MετάEd: Do you post this comment to each and every question tagged as "word-choice"? I assume that behind most of these questions is somebody who sits at his desk and wants to write or express something, desperately looking for a better word. This is in part what this site is about: raising and answering questions about language and the use of language. The question I asked is a question I've been carrying around for a while. That I am currently writing a paper is only the immediate reason for asking it. but the question as such very well fits the scope of this site. I don't see your point. Mar 27, 2013 at 11:34
  • See also english.stackexchange.com/q/58022 about this.
    – tchrist
    Mar 27, 2013 at 16:49
  • People can have all kinds of questions about using English; not all of them are appropriate for English Language & Usage. The FAQ excludes writing advice and general reference questions among other things. For writing advice consider Writing. (We refer typography to Graphic Design, learner's questions to English Language Learners, etc.) Questions posed here need to be well researched and interesting to experts, and within the scope of this site as laid out in the FAQ. The owners of SE have explicitly discouraged word requests unless the question is especially interesting and well researched.
    – MetaEd
    Mar 27, 2013 at 23:04

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The other substitutes available for full-fledged can be :

completely developed, developed, experienced, full-grown, grown, grown-up, in full bloom, mature, qualified, schooled, seasoned, skilled, trained, well-developed

In mine view mature will be more appropriate.


Mister X systematized its use and meaning, and developed the notion into a mature concept...

  • You can consider "fully developed" too.
    – user36655
    Mar 27, 2013 at 10:57

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