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precocity

[pri-kos-i-tee] /prɪˈkɒs ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the state of being or tendency to be precocious.
Origin
1630-1640
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
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Examples for precocity
  • At the outset it was the sheer marvel of his precocity.
  • Before that, his only hint of precocity had been his authoritative war with jigsaw puzzles.
  • Since then, in a trance of evergreen precocity, he has been educating himself: doing his homework and writing his essays.
Word Origin and History for precocity
n.

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

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