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precocity

[pri-kos-i-tee]
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noun
  1. the state of being or tendency to be precocious.
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Origin of precocity

1630–40; < French précosité, equivalent to précose (< Latin praecoci-, stem of praecox early ripening, adj. derivative of praecoquere to bake or ripen early; see pre-, cook1) + -ité -ity
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  • Precocity is sometimes a symptom of disease rather than of intellectual vigour.

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles

  • Will you forgive me if I express amazement at your precocity, and congratulate you upon it?

  • We have already spoken of the abundance and precocity of wrinkles in born criminals.

    Criminal Man

    Gina Lombroso-Ferrero

  • Precocity is the privilege of the American, especially the native of New Orleans.

    The Quadroon

    Mayne Reid

  • And there is something very sad and very fearful in this precocity.


Word Origin and History for precocity

n.

1630s, from French précocité (17c.), from précoce "precicious," from Latin praecocem (nom. praecox); see precocious.

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