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Meaning of PREMATURE

Pronunciation:  `preemu'tûr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  uncommonly early or before the expected time; "illness led to his premature death"; "alcohol brought him to an untimely end"
  2. [adj]  too soon or too hasty; "our condemnation of him was a bit previous"; "a premature judgment"
  3. [adj]  born after a gestation period of less than the normal time; "a premature infant"

PREMATURE is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: early, previous(p), untimely
 Antonyms: full-term
 See Also: immature



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Pre`ma*ture"\, a. [L. praematurus; prae before +
maturus ripe. See {Mature}.]
1. Mature or ripe before the proper time; as, the premature
   fruits of a hotbed.

2. 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. Arriving or received without due authentication or
   evidence; as, a premature report. -- {Pre`ma*ture"ly},
   adv. -- {Pre`ma*ture"ness}, n.