pre·ma·ture /ˌpriməˈtjʊr, ˈtʊr, ˈʧʊr ||ˌprɛ-/
pre·ma·ture =/-məˈt(j)ʊ(ə)r, ˈʧʊ(ə)r, <ɪ>ʧɪɛflj ɑrɪtɪʃɪ> ˌprɛmə-/= 形容詞
1. Mature or ripe before the proper time; as, the premature fruits of a hotbed.
2. Happening, arriving, existing, or performed before the proper or usual time; adopted too soon; too early; untimely; as, a premature fall of snow; a premature birth; a premature opinion; premature decay.
3. Arriving or received without due authentication or evidence; as, a premature report.
-- Pre*ma*ture*ly, adv. -- Pre*ma*ture*ness, n.
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]