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PREMATURE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does premature mean? 

PREMATURE (adjective)
  The adjective PREMATURE has 3 senses:

1. born after a gestation period of less than the normal time
2. too soon or too hasty
3. uncommonly early or before the expected time

  Familiarity information: PREMATURE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


PREMATURE (adjective)


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Meaning:

Born after a gestation period of less than the normal time

Context example:

a premature infant

Also:

immature (not yet mature)

Antonym:

full-term (gestated for the entire duration of normal pregnancy)


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Meaning:

Too soon or too hasty

Synonyms:

premature; previous

Context examples:

our condemnation of him was a bit previous / a premature judgment

Similar:

early (at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time)


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Meaning:

Uncommonly early or before the expected time

Synonyms:

untimely; premature

Context examples:

illness led to his premature death / alcohol brought him to an untimely end

Similar:

early (at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time)


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