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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pre·ma·ture a.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adv 1: (of childbirth) before the end of the normal period of
             gestation; "the child was born prematurely"
      2: too soon; in a premature manner; "I spoke prematurely" [syn: