occurring, coming, or done too soon: a premature announcement.
mature or ripe before the proper time.
a premature infant.
- pre·ma·ture·ly, adverb
- pre·ma·tu·ri·ty, pre·ma·ture·ness, noun
- un·pre·ma·ture, adjective
- un·pre·ma·ture·ly, adverb
- un·pre·ma·ture·ness, noun
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How to use premature in a sentence
Nothing has dimmed the fundamental appeal of urban life, despite what some premature obituaries for the nation’s great cities may say.
That 2017 report had called use of the technology premature but endorsed it as morally permissible.The “staged rollout” of gene-modified babies could start with sickle-cell disease | Amy Nordrum | September 3, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
Still, some critics charge that even presenting such criteria is premature.Strict new guidelines lay out a path to heritable human gene editing | Tina Hesman Saey | September 3, 2020 | Science News
It will also attach links to official results to posts from candidates and campaigns that declare premature victories.Facebook aims to minimize misinformation, will restrict new political ads in the week prior to the election | radmarya | September 3, 2020 | Fortune
The initial rebound reflects the lifting of severe restrictions to contain the virus, and policy makers have warned against premature optimism that the worst has passed.Global trade is recovering faster from COVID-19 than it did from the 2008 crisis | Claire Zillman, reporter | September 1, 2020 | Fortune
premature buzz over Girls built into a mountain of hype that was unscalable for Dunham.HBO’s ‘Looking,’ Gays, and Sex: Are We All Expecting Too Much? | Kevin Fallon | January 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
premature infants in neonatal intensive care are at high risk for infection.
premature darkness was accompanied with torrents of rain, through which we followed our now uncertain guides.
premature charge to be avoided; charging without authority from the rear.Manual of Military Training | James A. Moss
premature decay is always the result, showing with certainty that a healthy action has not been going on.A Treatise on Sheep: | Ambrose Blacklock
premature baldness most frequently first attacks that part of the head where pressure is made by the hat.
premature action might injure a cause which they wished, above all others, to benefit.Great Events in the History of North and South America | Charles A. Goodrich
British Dictionary definitions for premature
occurring or existing before the normal or expected time
impulsive or hasty: a premature judgment
(of an infant) weighing less than 2500 g (5 1/2 lbs) and usually born before the end of the full period of gestation
- prematurely, adverb
- prematureness or prematurity, noun
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