Origin of prematureClassical Latin praematurus: see pre- and mature
A premature baby at the hospital.
- When you jump into something with an ill-prepared effort before you are ready, this is an example of a premature effort.
- When a baby is born after just seven months of pregnancy instead of nine months, this is an example of a baby that is premature.
The definition of premature is something that occurs too early or before it is ready.
happening, done, arriving, or existing before the proper or usual time; too early; specif., born before the full term of gestation
- Occurring, growing, or existing before the customary, correct, or assigned time; uncommonly or unexpectedly early: a premature end.
- Born after a gestation period of less than the normal time: a premature infant.
Origin of prematureMiddle English ripe from Latin praemātūrus ripe too early prae- pre- mātūrus ripe ; see mā-1 in Indo-European roots.
- pre′ma·ture′ness pre′ma·tu′ri·ty
(comparative more premature, superlative most premature)
- Premature discovery was followed by prompt suppression.
- The premature death of Constantine, in May 641, left Heracleonas sole ruler.
- By his premature death science lost one of her most promising disciples.
- Drouyn de Lhuys, the French minister of foreign affairs, made his death the subject of a special despatch, desiring the French ambassador to express to the government "the mournful sympathy and truly national regret which the death, as lamented as premature, of Richard Cobden had excited on that side of the Channel."
- A premature encounter with a squad of police alarmed the town and broke up their plans.