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
In response, Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies made policy decisions to ban calls for violence at the polls and to label premature declarations of victory.‘Stop the Steal’ supporters, restrained by Facebook, turn to Parler to peddle false election claims | Elizabeth Dwoskin, Rachel Lerman | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
Many states reopened while still having large numbers of new infections, a premature move that health experts blame for the subsequent national spikes in cases in the summer and now again in the fall.These venues are high-risk areas for spreading the coronavirus, model suggests | Ben Guarino, Joel Achenbach | November 10, 2020 | Washington Post
As such, it is premature to make sweeping judgments on the polls’ overall performance before all the ballots are counted.‘Guesses upon guesses’: Polls fall short again in 2020, raising red flags for future contests | Michael Scherer | November 6, 2020 | Washington Post
A large budget doesn’t prevent failure, as even larger corporations suffer from premature releases of products and ideas.Four ways to test your marketing ideas instead of trusting blogs | Sarah Fruy | November 4, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
It’s probably premature to call it but it was a significant lead.
Prematurely retired in early 1940, Hobart was brought back at the personal insistence of Churchill.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day | James Jones | November 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Prematurely gray with fine clear complexion, either pale or roseate, together with blue eyes, is a magnificent type.Social Life | Maud C. Cooke
In early summer occurs the Festival of the Prematurely Ripened.
Prematurely worn out, he died at Cowes on the 28th of July, 1840.Montreal 1535-1914, Volume II (of 2) | William Henry Atherton
Prematurely induced by intemperance of knowledge the old age of the world drew on.The Works of Edgar Allan Poe | Edgar Allan Poe
Prematurely-born children are kept in an artificial mother, which consists of a glass case warmed by bowls of water.Health, Happiness, and Longevity | Louis Philippe McCarty
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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