American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Occurring, growing, or existing before the customary, correct, or assigned time; uncommonly or unexpectedly early: a premature end.
- adj. Born after a gestation period of less than the normal time: a premature infant.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Arriving too early at maturity; mature or ripe before the proper time; hence, coming into existence or occurring too soon; too early; untimely; overhasty.
- adj. Occurring before a state of readiness or maturity has arrived.
- adj. Taking place earlier than anticipated, prepared for, or desired.
- adj. informal Suffering from premature ejaculation.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Mature or ripe before the proper time.
- adj. Happening, arriving, existing, or performed before the proper or usual time; adopted too soon; too early; untimely.
- adj. Arriving or received without due authentication or evidence.
- adj. uncommonly early or before the expected time
- adj. born after a gestation period of less than the normal time
- adj. too soon or too hasty
- circa 1520, From Latin praematurus, equivalent to pre- + mature. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, ripe, from Latin praemātūrus, ripe too early : prae-, pre- + mātūrus, ripe; see mā-1 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Mr. Bush warned against what he called a premature withdrawal of U.S. forces, saying the troop increase he ordered needs time to work.”
“Mr. Bush will repeat his mantra about the harm he says withdrawing troops prematurely would cause and vow not to set what he calls premature deadlines.”
“In a statement in Pretoria CP leader Dr Ferdi Hartzenberg also cautioned against what he called the premature outlining of borders for such a "volkstaat".”
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