AskDefine | Define premature

Dictionary Definition

premature adj
1 born after a gestation period of less than the normal time; "a premature infant" [ant: full-term]
2 too soon or too hasty; "our condemnation of him was a bit previous"; "a premature judgment" [syn: previous(p)]
3 uncommonly early or before the expected time; "illness led to his premature death"; "alcohol brought him to an untimely end" [syn: untimely]

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. Occurring before a state of readiness or maturity has arrived.
    A premature birth.
  2. Taking place earlier than anticipated, prepared for, or desired.


occurring before a state of readiness or maturity
  • Finnish: ennenaikainen
  • Portuguese: prematuro, prematura
  • Russian: преждевременный
taking place earlier than anticipated



  1. Feminine plural form of prematuro

Extensive Definition

The term premature refers to something that occurs prior to the expected or normal time. It is generally used to refer to:
premature in Dutch: Prematuur
premature in Turkish: Prematüre

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