premature

Premature means "not yet ready." Something that is premature arrives early, like a premature baby born before her due date, or the soggy cake you took out of the oven prematurely.

Premature is a simple word to break down. Pre means "early" or "before," and mature means "done" or "ready." If a decision is criticized as premature, it means that that decision was made too hastily, and probably would have been different if more time had been taken. If someone dies very young, you might say they died prematurely.

Definitions of premature
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adj too soon or too hasty

“a premature judgment”
Synonyms:
previous
early
at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time

adj uncommonly early or before the expected time

“illness led to his premature death”
Synonyms:
untimely
early
at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time

adj born after a gestation period of less than the normal time

“a premature infant”
Synonyms:
immature
not yet mature
Antonyms:
full-term
gestated for the entire duration of normal pregnancy
mature
having reached full natural growth or development
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