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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Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said that an impeachment push is premature as the Mueller investigation chugs along. Rob Haskell, Vogue, "Billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer on Impeaching Trump, Getting Out the Vote, and Winning in 2020," 14 Nov. 2018 But the one-year withdrawal timeline that the administration set is premature because the UPU is a big, bureaucratic organization with a lot of rules. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Here’s why Trump threatened to pull out of a 144-year-old postal treaty," 19 Oct. 2018 But the government’s argument is that any regulation would be premature, hindering new developments which would protect civilians. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "Why the U.S. Is Backing Killer Robots," 14 Sep. 2018 But her son was born six weeks premature, and one week after giving birth, White returned to classes and teaching with a breast pump and a cooler in tow. Jenna Sauers, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Women Really Quit Breastfeeding," 17 July 2018 For instance, women’s forced exodus from the UK’s burgeoning early computing industry resulted in British computing’s premature decline. Casey Newton, The Verge, "One easy thing Facebook should do in Myanmar," 10 Nov. 2018 McKenzie’s premature celebration of his return home comes from a letter to his mother dated Nov. 12, 1918. WSJ, "Archangel Endnotes," 9 Nov. 2018 Medical treatments may also be necessary for those who enter menopause because of chemotherapy and radiation, oophorectomy (the surgical removal of the ovaries), or premature menopause, which is when women enter menopause before the age of 40. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "How Long Does Menopause Last?," 6 Sep. 2018 The emission cuts also were expected to improve public health by eliminating 90,000 asthma attacks and up to 3,600 premature deaths a year. Matthew Brown, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump replacement for Obama climate plan moves forward," 10 July 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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The first known use of premature was circa 1529

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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 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: 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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