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
  1. adjective
    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
  2. adjective
    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
  3. adjective
    born after a gestation period of less than the normal time
    “a premature infant”
    Synonyms:
    immature
    not yet mature
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    Antonyms:
    full-term
    gestated for the entire duration of normal pregnancy
    mature
    having reached full natural growth or development
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