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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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 Boeing is also studying whether almost 900 horizontal stabilizers made at its Utah fabrication plant have gaps that could cause premature aging in the small wing in the Dreamliner’s tail. Julie Johnsson,, "Boeing, FAA Grapple With a Fourth Dreamliner Production Flaw," 10 Sep. 2020 Moscow, however, seems reluctant to intervene while Belarusians are protesting; on Wednesday, Vladimir Putin’s press secretary told journalists that talk of Lukashenka’s visit was premature. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Svetlana Alexievich Is Not Going Anywhere," 9 Sep. 2020 Boeing said no Dreamliners currently carrying passengers have accumulated enough flight hours to experience premature aging of their stabilizers. Doug Cameron And Andy Pasztor, WSJ, "Boeing Flags Additional 787 Production Problem," 8 Sep. 2020 But this is San Francisco, and any obituary for the life of the city is premature. Carl Nolte,, "SF restaurants taking it to the streets to serve diners," 5 Sep. 2020 Those reports turned out to be premature, however, and Big Ten teams remained sidelined since the Aug. 11 decision to shut down fall sports because of concerns over COVID-19. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "UW's Barry Alvarez takes hopeful but cautious stance on the Big Ten playing football in 2020-21," 5 Sep. 2020 This is only to point out the celebration in let-them-play circles of Aug. 12, when the CIAC’s Board of Control overrode a vote by the football committee and moved forward with plans to prepare for a season, was premature. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: A CIAC press conference about nothing was a reminder that there isn’t yet a fall high school sports season to celebrate," 28 Aug. 2020 Putin’s team maintained that such allegations are premature. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "Pompeo backs investigation into apparent poisoning of Putin critic," 25 Aug. 2020 Releasing Louisville Metro Police's investigation into the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor would be premature and could hinder the integrity of the case, an attorney for the department argued Monday in court. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Will Louisville police be forced to release the Breonna Taylor file? What a judge heard," 25 Aug. 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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13 Sep 2020

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“Premature.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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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


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


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



Medical Definition of premature (Entry 2 of 2)

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