2. [syn: prematurely, untimely]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Premature \Pre`ma*ture"\, a. [L. praematurus; prae before +
maturus ripe. See Mature.]
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.
[1913 Webster] -- Pre`ma*ture"ly, adv. --
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
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: