|a.||1.||Mature or ripe before the proper time; |
|2.||Happening, arriving, existing, or performed before the proper or usual time; adopted too soon; too early; untimely; |
|3.||Arriving or received without due authentication or evidence; |
|Adj.||1.||premature - born after a gestation period of less than the normal time; "a premature infant"|
full-term - gestated for the entire duration of normal pregnancy; "a healthy full-term baby"
|2.||premature - too soon or too hasty; "our condemnation of him was a bit previous"; "a premature judgment"|
|3.||premature - uncommonly early or before the expected time; "illness led to his premature death"; "alcohol brought him to an untimely end"|