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PRECOCIOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does precocious mean? 

PRECOCIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective PRECOCIOUS has 2 senses:

1. characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturity (especially in mental aptitude)
2. appearing or developing early

  Familiarity information: PRECOCIOUS used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PRECOCIOUS (adjective)


Sense 1precocious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturity (especially in mental aptitude)

Context examples:

a precocious child / a precocious achievement

Similar:

advanced (farther along in physical or mental development)

Also:

intelligent (having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree)

Antonym:

retarded (relatively slow in mental or emotional or physical development)


Sense 2precocious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Appearing or developing early

Context example:

precocious flowers appear before the leaves as in some species of magnolias

Similar:

early (being or occurring at an early stage of development)

Domain category:

botany; phytology (the branch of biology that studies plants)


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