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  • n. The quality of being premature.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Prematurity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the state of being premature

Etymologies

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Examples

  • All sneering at prematureness aside, President Barack Hussein Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize today pretty much locks up another award for him -- the Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week.

    Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points: Is Opt-Out The Answer?

  • But it was cold, nevertheless, on this March night, particularly for Grace, who with the sanguine prematureness of youth in matters of dress, had considered it spring-time, and hence was not so warmly clad as Mrs. Charmond, who still wore her winter fur.

    The Woodlanders

  • I had been roaming through the grounds meditating upon her many charms, and of how best I could make my offer so as not to agitate her by its seeming prematureness, when I was very much troubled on coming to the conservatory (meaning to enter) to see you, a powerful rival, in the blissful retirement of this boudoir with the woman I have, perhaps unfortunately, conceived, such passionate love for.

    A Heart-Song of To-day

  • I perceived from the first day all the importance of that event, but also its prematureness.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 102, April, 1866

  • It is really ridiculous to see the uneasiness and prematureness of most persons as the boat begins to approach the shore.

    Lippincott's Magazine, November 1885

  • And this prematureness comes from its having proceeded without having its proper data, without sufficient material to work with.

    The Second-Order Mind

  • In fine phrase it was said of him that he lectured upon such themes as Plato and Socrates "with a prematureness of scholarship, a delicacy of discernment, a sweet innocent combination of confidence and diffidence, which were inexpressibly charming."

    Starr King in California

  • Grace, who with the sanguine prematureness of youth in matters of dress, had considered it spring-time, and hence was not so warmly clad as Mrs. Charmond, who still wore her winter fur.

    The Woodlanders

  • The shocking prematureness of this shallow condonation is now too glaringly visible for any one to deny it.

    On Compromise

  • On the contrary, she would have expressed the prettiest surprise and disapprobation if she had heard that another young lady had been detected in that immodest prematureness -- indeed, would probably have disbelieved in its possibility.

    Middlemarch: a study of provincial life (1900)

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