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[pri-kos-i-tee] /prɪˈkɒs ɪ ti/
the state of being or tendency to be precocious.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But Byron was proud of his precocity, and liked to recall it, and to wonder if any other lover had ever been equally precocious.

    The Love Affairs of Lord Byron Francis Henry Gribble
  • Will you forgive me if I express amazement at your precocity, and congratulate you upon it?

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • Obviously we have pre-existed; how are we to account for Mozart's precocity save by supposing his pre-existence?

  • The little girl's prettiness and precocity appealed to him strongly.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
  • While at the Chapel Royal, Humfrey displayed signs of that precocity which so often shows itself in the musical genius.

    Twelve Good Musicians Frederick Bridge
  • Sometimes this very individuality is mistaken for precocity.

    Great Pianists on Piano Playing James Francis Cooke
  • His mother's friends delighted in exhibitions of his precocity.

    Coleridge Samuel Levy Bensusan
  • My response to that gave him the idea of making an experiment in precocity.

    Flappers and Philosophers F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • And there is something very sad and very fearful in this precocity.

    Humanity in the City E. H. Chapin
Word Origin and History for precocity

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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