pre-mature

premature

[pree-muh-choor, -toor, -tyoor, pree-muh-choor or, esp. British, prem-uh-, prem-uh-]
adjective
1.
occurring, coming, or done too soon: a premature announcement.
2.
mature or ripe before the proper time.
noun
3.
a premature infant.

Origin:
1520–30; < Latin praemātūrus. See pre-, mature

prematurely, adverb
prematurity, prematureness, noun
unpremature, adjective
unprematurely, adverb
unprematureness, noun
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premature (ˌprɛməˈtjʊə, ˈprɛməˌtjʊə)
 
adj
1.  occurring or existing before the normal or expected time
2.  impulsive or hasty: a premature judgment
3.  (of an infant) weighing less than 2500 g (5½ lbs) and usually born before the end of the full period of gestation
 
[C16: from Latin praemātūrus, very early, from prae in advance + mātūrus ripe]
 
prema'turely
 
adv
 
prema'tureness
 
n
 
prema'turity
 
n

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premature
c.1529, from L. præmaturus "early ripe" (as fruit), "too early," from præ- "before" + maturus "ripe, timely" (see mature). Premature ejaculation is 1910, previously referred to in L. as ejaculatio præcox.
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premature pre·ma·ture (prē'mə-tyur', -tur', -chur')
adj.

  1. Occurring or developing before the usual or expected time.

  2. Born after a gestation period of less than the normal time, especially, in human infants, after a period of less than 37 weeks.


pre'ma·tu'ri·ty or pre'ma·ture'ness n.
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