Precociousness Pre*co"cious*ness, Precocity Pre*coc"i*ty, n. [Cf. F. pr['e]cocit['e].] The quality or state of being precocious; untimely ripeness; premature development, especially of the mental powers; forwardness. [1913 Webster]

Saucy precociousness in learning. --Bp. Mannyngham. [1913 Webster]

That precocity which sometimes distinguishes uncommon genius. --Wirt. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • precocity — (n.) 1630s, from Fr. précocité (17c.), from L. praecox (see PRECOCIOUS (Cf. precocious)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • precocity — [[t]prɪkɒ̱sɪti[/t]] N UNCOUNT Precocity is the quality of being precocious. [FORMAL] …   English dictionary

  • precocity — precocious ► ADJECTIVE ▪ having developed certain abilities or inclinations at an earlier age than usual. DERIVATIVES precociously adverb precociousness noun precocity noun. ORIGIN from Latin praecox, from praecoquere ripen fully …   English terms dictionary

  • precocity — noun see precocious …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • precocity — /pri kos i tee/, n. the state of being or tendency to be precocious. [1630 40; < F précosité, equiv. to précose ( < L praecoci , s. of praecox early ripening, adj. deriv. of praecoquere to bake or ripen early; see PRE , COOK1) + ité ITY] * * * …   Universalium

  • precocity — noun The state of being precocious …   Wiktionary

  • precocity — Unusually early or rapid development of mental or physical traits. [see precocious] * * * pre·coc·i·ty pri käs ət ē n, pl ties exceptionally early or premature development (as of mental powers or sexual characteristics) * * * n. an acceleration… …   Medical dictionary

  • precocity — prɪ kÉ‘sÉ™tɪ / kÉ’s n. precociousness, state of being very developed for one s age, prematurity …   English contemporary dictionary

  • precocity — n. Prematureness (of the mental faculties), precociousness, unusually early development …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • precocity — pre·coc·i·ty …   English syllables

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