• WordNet 3.6
    • adv prematurely too soon; in a premature manner "I spoke prematurely"
    • adv prematurely (of childbirth) before the end of the normal period of gestation "the child was born prematurely"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Every day, over 1,300 babies are born prematurely in the USA
    • prematurely In a premature manner; before the proper time; too early; overhastily.
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  • Richard Brinsley Sheridan
    “That old man dies prematurely whose memory records no benefits conferred. They only have lived long who have lived virtuously.”
  • Henry Miller
    “I have never been able to look upon America as young and vital but rather as prematurely old, as a fruit which rotted before it had a chance to ripen.”
  • Sidney J. Harris
    “A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “CYNIC: One who not only reads bitter lessons from the past, but who is prematurely disappointed with the future.”
  • Franz Kafka
    “All human errors are impatience, a premature breaking off of methodical procedure, an apparent fencing-in of what is apparently at issue.”
  • Alec Cairncross
    Alec Cairncross
    “A trend is a trend is a trend. But the question is, will it bend? Will it alter its course through some unforeseen force and come to a premature end?”


In literature:

He would not be hurried or worried or badgered into premature and impracticable measures.
"The Every-day Life of Abraham Lincoln" by Francis Fisher Browne
They are prematurely old.
"New Tabernacle Sermons" by Thomas De Witt Talmage
Lalaing, too, was greatly mourned, thus prematurely cut down in his thirty-third year.
"Charles the Bold" by Ruth Putnam
Clive fired, as it seems, prematurely, and missed his aim.
"A Handbook to the Works of Browning (6th ed.)" by Mrs. Sutherland Orr
The history of mythology is the history of rash, premature, and exclusive theories.
"Modern Mythology" by Andrew Lang
This premature war has thrown all back into a state of barbarism.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
Sexual excesses during youth are often the cause of premature baldness and thin hair.
"Valere Aude" by Louis Dechmann
Accordingly it is at least premature to assume that any course other than that which he adopted was open to Sir Redvers Buller.
"Lessons of the War" by Spenser Wilkinson
But he was prematurely old, worn down with care, toil and disappointment.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
All that sort of thing is premature, and if it takes too great a hold upon you its tendency will be to make you morbid.
"Austin and His Friends" by Frederic H. Balfour
It was at this point that the career of Abraham Lincoln had a narrow and fortunate escape from a premature and fatal prominence.
"A Short Life of Abraham Lincoln" by John G. Nicolay
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"The Blue Book of Chess" by Howard Staunton and "Modern Authorities"
She is the first woman actually killed, though others have died from premature child birth.
"Ladysmith" by H. W. Nevinson
He was a man to her eleven years, though a more experienced eye would have seen that he was hardly more than a prematurely old boy.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
Especially should all premature recognition of sex be avoided; nature should be allowed to develop slowly and quietly.
"The Education of American Girls" by Anna Callender Brackett
All the licentiousness and lust of a libertine, whether civilized or uncivilized, bring him only unrest and premature decay.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
The sight of the large camp, however, must have incited the gigantic feline to premature action.
"Wilmshurst of the Frontier Force" by Percy F. Westerman
In vain have I warned hundreds of parents, when I saw their children thus being hurried to premature graves.
"Doctor Jones' Picnic" by S. E. Chapman
His hair indeed, as he says in one of his poems, was prematurely gray.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
But his conclusion was premature.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan

In poetry:

And thick and fast as autumn-leaves
My children drop away:
A gathering of unripened sheaves
By Premature Decay.
"Earth's Burdens" by Ernest Jones
Alas for the prematurely gray,
Who struggle there through joyless lives
To win the means of more display
For thankless children, thoughtless wives!
"Out Of the Ranks" by John Lawson Stoddard
And hastens him on to a premature grave,
Because to the cup he is bound a slave;
For the temptation is hard to thole,
And by it he will lose his immortal soul.
"A Tribute to Mr Murphy and the Blue Ribbon Army" by William Topaz McGonagall
Joe Giles went in for grabbing gold,
And grovelled in the dirt;
He, too, looks prematurely old,
His gastric ulcers hurt:
Although he has a heap of dough.
I do not envy Joe.
"Class-Mates" by Robert W Service
Or peeped they often from their beds
And prematurely disappeared,
Devoured like pleasure ere it spreads
A bosom to the sun endeared?
If such their harsh untimely doom,
It falls not 'here' on bud or bloom.
"A Flower Garden At Coleorton Hall, Leicestershire." by William Wordsworth
Thus died, at the age of thirty-eight, James Graham, Marquis of Montrose,
Who was brought to a premature grave by his bitter foes;
A commander who had acquired great military glory
In a short space of time, which cannot be equalled in story.
"The Execution of James Graham, Marquis of Montrose" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Premature birth: When should you be concerned.
The body of a premature baby girl was found in a trash can in Washington Heights.
A Rutherford County mother was arrested after her premature baby was found to have illegal drugs in her body.
It again earned a "B" on the March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card.
In the United States, premature birth is the leading cause of death among newborns.
Prematurity Awareness Month kicks off on November 1 with the release of the fourth annual March of Dimes Premature Birth Report Card.
For many premature babies, outcomes have improved.
Today, one in eight babies will be born premature .
The Children's Center is also decorated as a way to remember the sick and premature babies.
New York State gets a B for its grade on its premature birth report card.
The goal is to get the nation's premature birthrate below 9.6% by 2020.
One in eight babies are born premature in the United States, which puts children at risk for severe health complications or death.
Reports of Lugar's demise may prove premature, but race at best a tossup .
At high elevations, skin is subject to more sun exposure, which can contribute to premature aging at a rapid rate.
Being a parent is linked to a reduced risk of premature death in a new study from Denmark .

In science:

The other possibility is that the production cross section of Q is O(10 − 100) smaller than that of L(1520) (there emerged some hints after the conference that this might indeed be the case) However, it may be premature to seek radical solutions given the nature of the current evidence.
The End of the Constituent Quark Model?
Although we found that a value of η sightly lower than 1 is favored, drawing any conclusion on the possible discrepancy between the distances as predicted in the concordance model and those determined by our X-ray/SZ combined analysis is premature.
The distance duality relation from X-ray and SZ observations of clusters
Thus all theoretical modelling is premature.
Summary of the XXXIX Rencontres de Moriond
With the current status of our knowledge it would be premature to consider the PA as a manifestation of a new physics.
Testing for the Pioneer anomaly on a Pluto exploration mission
EFT operators is still missing in the lattice analysis, it may be premature to draw any definitive conclusion.
The QCD potential
Can this bias be fruitful? While the positive answer could be debatable, the negative answer is premature.
Around the gap between sociophysics and sociology
So, what looked like a simple state, perhaps hybrid, now appears to be rather complicated, and the rush to judgement about its nature might be premature.
Challenges in Hadron Physics
Since the angle θ13 that it is associated with has not yet been measured it might seem somewhat premature to discuss the phases associated with this angle.
Neutrino Mass
At this moment it is premature to tell how the 7Li problem is resolved, but it is nonetheless intriguing that certain models with unstable particles are capable of alleviating this discrepancy.
Big Bang Nucleosynthesis and Particle Dark Matter
However, the confidence with which n = 1 is ruled out is still rather weak, and in our view it is premature to conclude that n = 1 is no longer viable.
The Cosmological Parameters 2010
Of course it is a bit prematurate to consider these questions presently; the necessity to invoke our wave function model ought firstly to be motivated by convincing experiments.
Crucial tests of the existence of a Time Operator
Given that a complete theory exhibiting redshift anomalies while preserving UFF is not yet known, it would be premature to use a detailed model for such physics.
Reply to: Atom gravimeters and the gravitational redshift
That was premature because no hint of a proof that ICCL is insufficient for NSA has been given in .
Informal Control code logic
However, we consider too premature to launch any firm conclus ion or hypothesis about the chemical evolution of the local interstellar medium during the lifetime of the Sun.
The chemical composition of the Orion star forming region: stars, gas and dust
However, at the moment any site discussion appears premature and hence this study aims at being as much as possible independent of a final site decision.
Summary of Physics Prospects for Polarized Nucleon-Nucleon Scattering at HERA-N