Premature Definition

prēmə-tyo͝or, -to͝or, -cho͝or
Occurring, growing, or existing before the customary, correct, or assigned time; uncommonly or unexpectedly early.
A premature end.
American Heritage
Happening, done, arriving, or existing before the proper or usual time; too early; specif., born before the full term of gestation.
Webster's New World

Occurring before a state of readiness or maturity has arrived.

A premature birth.

Taking place earlier than anticipated, prepared for, or desired.

(informal) Suffering from premature ejaculation.

Origin of Premature

  • Middle English ripe from Latin praemātūrus ripe too early prae- pre- mātūrus ripe mā-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin praematurus, equivalent to pre- +"Ž mature. Attested circa 1520.

    From Wiktionary

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