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premature

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adjective pre·ma·ture \ˌprē-mə-ˈtyu̇r, -ˈtu̇r, -ˈchu̇r also ˌpre-\

Simple Definition of premature

  • : happening too soon or earlier than usual

  • : born before the normal time

Full Definition of premature

  1. :  happening, arriving, existing, or performed before the proper, usual, or intended time; especially :  born after a gestation period of less than 37 weeks <premature babies>

premature noun
pre·ma·ture·ly adverb
pre·ma·ture·ness noun
pre·ma·tu·ri·ty play \-ˈtyu̇r-ə-tē, -ˈtu̇r-, -ˈchu̇r-\ noun

Examples of premature

  1. Her premature death at age 30 stunned her family and friends.

  2. Too much exposure to the sun can cause the premature aging of skin.



Origin of premature

Latin praematurus too early, from prae- + maturus ripe, mature


First Known Use: circa 1529

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