premature

adjective
pre·​ma·​ture | \ ˌprē-mə-ˈchu̇r How to pronounce premature (audio) , -ˈchər also -ˈtu̇r, -ˈtyu̇r How to pronounce premature (audio) also ˌpre- \

Definition of premature

: 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

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Other Words from premature

premature noun
prematurely adverb
prematureness noun
prematurity \ ˌprē-​mə-​ˈchu̇r-​ə-​tē How to pronounce prematurity (audio) , -​ˈchər , -​ˈtu̇r-​ , -​ˈtyu̇r-​ How to pronounce prematurity (audio) \ noun

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Examples of premature in a Sentence

Her premature death at age 30 stunned her family and friends. Too much exposure to the sun can cause the premature aging of skin.
Recent Examples on the Web But while many people in the field agree with the aims of this stance, others say the move is premature, will do little to improve the situation in Myanmar and may mean that many significant finds could be lost to science. Katie Hunt, CNN, "'Blood amber:' A portal into dinosaur times but an ethical minefield for paleontologists," 19 Sep. 2020 Metro Council President David James, a former Louisville police officer, said those comments were premature before an investigation is completed into Taylor's death. Kala Kachmar, USA TODAY, "Critics say Louisville settled too soon in Breonna Taylor case, betrayed police officers," 18 Sep. 2020 Louisville Metro Council President David James, who served 30 years as a Louisville police officer, said those comments were premature before an investigation is completed into Taylor's death. Kala Kachmar, The Courier-Journal, "Critics: Louisville settled too soon in Breonna Taylor case, abandoned police officers," 17 Sep. 2020 But investors already bidding up alternative targets look to be premature. Carol Ryan, WSJ, "LVMH Is Unlikely to Score on Rebound From Tiffany," 16 Sep. 2020 But independent doctors and medical associations warned that the reopening was premature. Kristen Mctighe, Science | AAAS, "Turkish scientists and physicians face criminal investigations after criticizing COVID-19 policies," 16 Sep. 2020 Menard argues that statements suggesting the virus is not very risky to children are premature. Popular Science, "Some kids have been suffering from COVID-19 for months," 16 Sep. 2020 The judge ruled the request was premature and the U.S. had said the order won’t interfere with employees’ pay and work at TikTok. Edvard Pettersson, Bloomberg.com, "WeChat Users Won’t Be Targeted by Trump’s Order, U.S. Says," 16 Sep. 2020 Menard argues that statements suggesting the virus is not very risky to children are premature. Megan E. Doherty, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Happens When Children’s Covid-19 Symptoms Won’t Go Away," 11 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of premature

circa 1529, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for premature

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

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The first known use of premature was circa 1529

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25 Sep 2020

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“Premature.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/premature. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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premature

adjective
How to pronounce premature (audio) How to pronounce premature (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of premature

: happening too soon or earlier than usual
: born before the normal time

premature

adjective
pre·​ma·​ture | \ ˌprē-mə-ˈtu̇r How to pronounce premature (audio) , -ˈtyu̇r, -ˈchu̇r \

Kids Definition of premature

: happening, coming, or done before the usual or proper time : too early a premature decision premature infants

Other Words from premature

prematurely adverb

premature

adjective
pre·​ma·​ture | \ -mə-ˈt(y)u̇(ə)r, -ˈchu̇(ə)r, chiefly British ˌprem-ə- \

Medical Definition of premature

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: happening, arriving, existing, or performed before the proper, usual, or intended time premature puberty premature aging especially : born after a gestation period of less than 37 weeks premature babies

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prematurely adverb

premature

noun

Medical Definition of premature (Entry 2 of 2)

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