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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for precocity

Contemporary Examples of precocity

  • For all his precocity, he still has a lot of growing up to do.

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    Jonathan Krohn

    David Frum

    July 4, 2012

Historical Examples of precocity

  • Precocity is sometimes a symptom of disease rather than of intellectual vigour.


    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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper