premature [pree-m uh- ch, - oo r t, - oo r ty, oo r pree-m uh-ch oo r , prem- or, esp. British uh-, prem- uh-] EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective occurring, coming, or done too soon: a premature announcement. mature or ripe before the proper time. Origin of premature
dating back to
mature Related forms 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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Examples from the Web for prematurity Historical Examples of prematurity
"What Phillip is so stormed up about is the
prematurity of it all," he said to Coffin.
Our next character is famous for
prematurity of genius, and named John Lewis Candiac.
His ideal was one of progress; but he came too soon, and paid for his
prematurity with his life.
The season of female beauty precedes that of their reason, and from its
prematurity soon decays. British Dictionary definitions for prematurity adjective occurring or existing before the normal or expected time impulsive or hasty a premature judgment (of an infant) weighing less than 2500 g (5 lbs) and usually born before the end of the full period of gestation 1/ 2 Derived Forms prematurely, adverb prematureness or prematurity, noun Word Origin for premature
C16: from Latin
praemātūrus, very early, from prae in advance + mātūrus ripe
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Word Origin and History for prematurity adj.
mid-15c., from Latin
praematurus "early ripe" (as fruit), "too early, untimely," from prae "before" (see pre-) + maturus "ripe, timely" (see mature (v.)). Related: Prematurely; prematurity; prematuration. Premature ejaculation is attested from 1848; Latin euphemism ejaculatio praecox dates to 1891 in English but was used earlier in German and appears to have been, at first at least, the psychologist's term for it.
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premature [prē′mə-chur ′, -tur ′] adj. Occurring or developing before the usual or expected time. Born after a gestation period of less than the normal time, especially, in human infants, after a period of less than 37 weeks. Related forms pre′ma•tu ′ri•ty n.
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