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Definitions for premature
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.

  2. prematureadjective

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

  3. prematureadjective

    Suffering from premature ejaculation.

  4. Etymology: From praematurus, equivalent to.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. PREMATUREadjective

    Ripe too soon; formed before the time; too early; too soon said, believed, or done; too hasty.

    Etymology: prematuré, Fr. præmaturus, Lat.

    ’Tis hard to imagine, what possible consideration should persuade him to repent, ’till he deposited that premature persuasion of his being in Christ. Henry Hammond, Fundamentals.


  1. premature

    Premature generally refers to something occurring before the expected, due, or proper time. It can relate to different contexts, such as premature birth in medical terms (referring to a baby born before 37 weeks of pregnancy), or premature decisions or judgments in daily life which are made hastily without proper thought or consideration.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prematureadjective

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

  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

  3. Prematureadjective

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

  4. 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. Isaac Asimov:

    To surrender to ignorance and call it God has always been premature, and it remains premature today.

  2. Jerry Nadler:

    I don't think calls for House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler impeachment are premature any more than calls for the President's impeachment were premature, but they are a waste of time at this point.

  3. 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.

  4. Guohua Li:

    Rather, autism is often a co-occurring medical and psychiatric condition that is likely to play a role in this premature mortality finding, other studies have shown us, including a recent study from Sweden, that, in fact, for example, premature mortality due to suicide is higher among individuals with autism.

  5. Jerry Nadler:

    I don't think calls for his impeachment are premature any more than calls for the President's impeachment were premature, but they are a waste of time at this point, we've seen a pattern of... Barr corruptly impeding all these investigations, so this is just more of the same.

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