premature

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

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 How to pronounce prematurity (audio) , -​ˈtu̇r-​ , -​ˈchu̇r-​ How to pronounce prematurity (audio) \ 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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Nuclear power is the safest form of energy by far, especially compared with coal, which continues to cause hundreds of thousands of premature deaths a year from air pollution in addition to contributing to climate change. Joshua S. Goldstein And, WSJ, "Only Nuclear Energy Can Save the Planet," 11 Jan. 2019 Yes, the rates might be a tad higher, but avoiding premature tantrums is priceless. Shelby Deering, Good Housekeeping, "6 Rental Car Tips That'll Save You Time and Money on Your Next Family Trip," 1 Mar. 2019 According to WebMD, 95 percent of men with premature ejaculation are helped by behavioral techniques that help control ejaculation. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "10 Reasons Your Husband Doesn't Want to Have Sex," 21 Feb. 2019 Witness the coming premature retirement of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant with 2,200 megawatts of carbon-free, base-load electricity generation. WSJ, "Killing Carbon-Free Nuclear Power," 18 Feb. 2019 Marissa Hamilton, an employee at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic, had a premature baby boy who required weeks of neonatal intensive care, according to the Times. Anna North, Vox, "Planned Parenthood is facing criticism for its treatment of pregnant workers," 21 Dec. 2018 The massive vehicle was tested twice on unmanned missions (both ultimately successful) but the second flight had serious glitches, including vertical oscillations (dubbed the pogo effect) and premature engine shutdowns. Ernie Mastroianni, Discover Magazine, "Apollo 8: Humanity's First Trip to the Moon," 21 Dec. 2018 Shadowhunters star Dominic Sherwood has now responded to what many believe was a premature cancellation of his latest Freeform show. Brianna Wiest, Teen Vogue, ""Shadowhunters" Star Dominic Sherwood Has "Hope" for the Series Thanks to Fan Support," 20 Sep. 2018 Apple might believe that the move to 5G is premature, or its hands might be tied by the fact that its preferred modem partner (Intel) is not ready for the transition. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple will skip 5G in 2019, report says," 3 Dec. 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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More Definitions for premature

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 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

 (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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