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 for premature
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Premature \Pre`ma*ture"\, a. [L. praematurus; prae before +
     maturus ripe. See Mature.]
     1. Mature or ripe before the proper time; as, the premature
        fruits of a hotbed.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Happening, arriving, existing, or performed before the
        proper or usual time; adopted too soon; too early;
        untimely; as, a premature fall of snow; a premature birth;
        a premature opinion; premature decay.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. Arriving or received without due authentication or
        evidence; as, a premature report.
        [1913 Webster] -- Pre`ma*ture"ly, adv. --
        Pre`ma*ture"ness, n.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  premature
      adj 1: born after a gestation period of less than the normal
             time; "a premature infant" [ant: full-term]
      2: too soon or too hasty; "our condemnation of him was a bit
         previous"; "a premature judgment" [syn: previous(p),
         premature]
      3: uncommonly early or before the expected time; "illness led to
         his premature death"; "alcohol brought him to an untimely
         end" [syn: premature, untimely]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  69 Moby Thesaurus words for "premature":
     a bit previous, advanced, beforehand, early, far ahead, forward,
     green, half-baked, half-cocked, hasty, ill-considered,
     ill-seasoned, ill-timed, immature, improper, impulsive,
     inappropriate, inauspicious, inconvenient, inexpedient,
     infelicitous, inopportune, intempestive, intrusive, irrelevant,
     late, mal a propos, malapropos, mistimed, not firm, off base,
     out of line, out of phase, out of time, overhasty, oversoon,
     precipitate, precocious, previous, rushed, soon, too early,
     too late, too soon, unbefitting, uncrystallized, underdeveloped,
     undeveloped, unfavorable, unfit, unfitting, unfledged, unfortunate,
     unhandy, unhappy, unjelled, unlucky, unmatured, unmeditated,
     unpremeditated, unprepared, unpropitious, unready, unripe,
     unseasonable, unsuitable, untimely, untoward, wrong
  
  

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