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precocious

adjective     /prɪˈkəʊ.ʃəs/ US  /prəˈkoʊ-/
( especially of children ) showing mental development or achievement much earlier than usual : A precocious child , she went to university at the age of 15. She recorded her first CD at the precocious age of twelve.Physically and mentally mature and immature disapproving describes a child who behaves as if they are much older than they are: a precocious little brat Affected and insincere precociousness     /-nəs/ noun [U] (formal precocity,   /-ˈkɒs.ɪ.ti/   US  /-ˈkɑː.sə.t̬i/)
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