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ˌpri məˈtʃʊər, -ˈtʊər, -ˈtyʊər; esp. Brit. ˌprɛm ə-pre·ma·ture

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prematureadjective

    born after a gestation period of less than the normal time

    "a premature infant"

  2. previous(p), prematureadjective

    too soon or too hasty

    "our condemnation of him was a bit previous"; "a premature judgment"

  3. premature, untimelyadjective

    uncommonly early or before the expected time

    "illness led to his premature death"; "alcohol brought him to an untimely end"


  1. prematureadjective

    Occurring before a state of readiness or maturity has arrived.

    A premature birth.

    Etymology: From praematurus, equivalent to .

  2. prematureadjective

    Taking place earlier than anticipated, prepared for, or desired.

    Etymology: From praematurus, equivalent to .

  3. prematureadjective

    Suffering from premature ejaculation.

    Etymology: From praematurus, equivalent to .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prematureadjective

    mature or ripe before the proper time; as, the premature fruits of a hotbed

    Etymology: [L. praematurus; prae before + maturus ripe. See Mature.]

  2. Prematureadjective

    happening, arriving, existing, or performed before the proper or usual time; adopted too soon; too early; untimely; as, a premature fall of snow; a premature birth; a premature opinion; premature decay

    Etymology: [L. praematurus; prae before + maturus ripe. See Mature.]

  3. Prematureadjective

    arriving or received without due authentication or evidence; as, a premature report

    Etymology: [L. praematurus; prae before + maturus ripe. See Mature.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Premature

    prē-ma-tūr′, adj. mature before the proper time: happening before the proper time: too soon believed: unauthenticated (as a report).—adv. Prēmatūre′ly.—ns. Prematūr′ity, Prēmatūre′ness. [L. præmaturuspræ, before, maturus, ripe.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of premature in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of premature in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of premature in a Sentence

  1. Mark Steber:

    I think the demise of the tax business is a bit premature, i don’t think you’re going to have millions of people filing their taxes on a cell phone.

  2. Mario Diaz-Balart:

    I'm focused on working and doing what I do and so to talk about what might happen in that time I think is premature, we have one President, he's President until the next election, and I will continue to work with him like I work with everybody else to get things done.

  3. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

    You're here to tell the world that the reports of the demise of the U.S.-Israel relations are not only premature, they're wrong.

  4. Todd Stern:

    It is entirely premature, really premature to assume the Clean Power Plan will be struck down but, even if it were, come what may, we are sticking to our plan to sign, to join, we're going to go ahead and sign the agreement this year.

  5. Brian McCloskey:

    I think that's probably a little bit premature in the sense that we've got 15 months more of planning and preparing for the Olympics in 2021, so, I think it's premature to say it's unrealistic( that the Olympics can not be held in 2021).

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    (of especially persons) lacking sense or understanding or judgment
    • A. nasty
    • B. witless
    • C. busy
    • D. disjointed

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