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premature

adjective uk   /ˈprem.ə.tʃər/ /-tjʊər/ /ˌprem.ə.ˈtjʊər/ us    /ˌpriː.məˈtʊr/
happening or done too soon, especially before the natural or suitable time: premature birth/death a premature baby Their criticisms seem premature considering that the results aren't yet known.
prematurely
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Their baby was born prematurely and weighed only one kilogram. His stressful job made him go prematurely grey (= made his hair turn grey at a young age).
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