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Adjective: premature  ,pree-mu't(y)ûr or ,pree-mu'chûr [N. Amer], ,pre-mu'tyûr or 'pre-mu-chu(r) or ,pree-mu'tyûr [Brit]
  1. Too soon or too hasty
    "a premature judgment";
    - previous
  2. Uncommonly early or before the expected time
    "illness led to his premature death";
    - untimely
  3. Born after a gestation period of less than the normal time
    "a premature infant"

See also: early, immature

Antonym: full-term

Encyclopedia: Premature