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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So when news of a modern reboot for television first trickled out in 2015, this development triggered both cautious optimism and premature regret. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Kevin Bacon shares the Tremors TV pilot—Val is washed, Graboids are hungry," 9 June 2019 Citizens and scientists alike, inspired by the discoveries and images the telescope had produced, clearly weren’t ready for the telescope’s premature retirement. Mara Johnson-groh, Quartz, "Art plays an invaluable role in groundbreaking space discoveries," 8 June 2019 This free-radical fighting power isn't just important for helping to keep signs of premature aging at bay. Rebecca Dancer, Allure, "Everything You Need to Know About Vitamin C, the Holy Grail of Skin-Care Ingredients," 23 May 2019 But that study also found that cannabis use was associated with premature ejaculation. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "How Does Cannabis Actually Affect Sex?," 25 Mar. 2019 Two percent of those babies born that premature survive without severe impairment. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Anti-Abortion Activists Are Still Defending Forced Birth with Debunked Science," 26 Jan. 2019 As troubling as postpartum complications like mine are, the risks associated with premature delivery mean expecting mothers dealing with severe gallstone pain face a doubly hard situation. Kate Wehr, Good Housekeeping, "Gallstones Are the Pregnancy Complication No One Warned Me About," 18 Apr. 2019 Research has shown that social isolation puts people at a greater risk of heart disease, dementia and memory loss, and premature mortality. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "Are LGBTQ seniors dying of loneliness? It’s possible, research says," 11 Apr. 2019 The firing of a white Dallas police officer who fatally shot her black neighbor inside his own apartment was premature and unfair, an attorney for the officer says. Ryan Tarinelli, Fox News, "Lawyer: Firing of officer who killed neighbor is premature," 25 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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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 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

Other Words from premature

prematurely adverb

premature

noun

Medical Definition of premature (Entry 2 of 2)

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