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 for prematurely
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) :

      adv 1: (of childbirth) before the end of the normal period of
             gestation; "the child was born prematurely"
      2: too soon; in a premature manner; "I spoke prematurely" [syn:
         prematurely, untimely]

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