premature

adjective
pre·​ma·​ture | \ ˌprē-mə-ˈtyu̇r, -ˈtu̇r, -ˈchu̇r 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-​ˈtyu̇r-​ə-​tē , -​ˈtu̇r-​, -​ˈchu̇r-​ \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for premature

Synonyms

early, inopportune, precocious, unseasonable, untimely

Antonyms

late

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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.

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The launch of HQ Words comes at a crucial time for the company, which in recent months has been faced with declining player numbers and the premature death of its CEO Colin Kroll. Jon Porter, The Verge, "HQ Trivia becomes HQ Trivia & Words as second game exits beta," 24 Dec. 2018 The other news story is the perhaps premature death of StarVR, the ultrawide-FOV headset that was partially funded and owned by Starbreeze. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Heroes of the Storm winds down, Monster Hunter adds The Witcher's Geralt," 14 Dec. 2018 The replacement, the Affordable Clean Energy rule, would lead to 1,400 additional premature deaths each year by 2030, according to EPA’s own calculations. Umair Irfan, Vox, "The EPA plans to lift greenhouse gas limits on coal power plants," 6 Dec. 2018 This would prevent an additional 510,000 premature deaths. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "In China, replacing coal and biomass stoves has saved lives," 21 Nov. 2018 Emissions from German utility company RWE are said to be responsible for the highest number of premature deaths, mostly from tiny particles known as PM2.5. Frank Jordans, The Seattle Times, "Groups target Europe’s coal companies over harmful emissions," 20 Nov. 2018 In what would be a costly blunder leading to a significant increase in premature deaths, the Environmental Protection Agency is apparently preparing to disregard co-benefits when scaling back its rule governing mercury emissions. Cass R. Sunstein, WSJ, "A Quiet Revolution Has Given the U.S. Smarter Regulations," 21 Oct. 2018 Air pollution has become an increasing problem in Germany, with nitrous dioxide causing over 10,000 premature deaths in 2016. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "First Hydrogen-Powered Trains Rolling in Germany," 19 Sep. 2018 People who have schizophrenia may be at a higher risk of other health issues, including premature death. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "9 Facts to Know About Schizophrenia, Which Is Way Too Misunderstood," 15 Sep. 2018

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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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premature

adjective

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, -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

Other Words from premature

prematurely adverb

premature

noun

Medical Definition of premature (Entry 2 of 2)

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