Definition of premature adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpremətʃə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːməˈtʃʊr//
    , NAmE//ˌpriːməˈtʊr//
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  1. 1happening before the normal or expected time his premature death at the age of 37 Because of injury, her playing career came to a premature end in 2008.
  2. 2(of a birth or a baby) happening or being born before the normal length of pregnancy has been completed The baby was four weeks premature. a premature birth after only thirty weeks Wordfinderbaby, birth, child, dummy, feed, incubator, nappy, pram, premature, teethe See related entries: Birth
  3. 3happening or made too soon a premature conclusion/decision/judgement It is premature to talk about success at this stage.
  4. Word Originlate Middle English (in the sense ‘ripe, mature’): from Latin praematurus ‘very early’, from prae ‘before’ + maturus ‘ripe’.Extra examples She was born slightly premature. The decision proved premature. a very premature baby It is premature to talk about success at this stage. The incident brought the game to a premature conclusion. We should investigate further, rather than make a premature judgement.
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