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From French précocité.


precocity (countable and uncountable, plural precocities)

  1. The state of being precocious.
    • 1817 William Wirt, Sketches of the Life and Character of Patrick Henry, New York: M'elrath, Bangs & Co., 1834, Section I, pp. 23-4, [1]
      I cannot learn that he gave in his youth, any evidence of that precocity which sometimes distinguishes uncommon genius.
    • 1847 January – 1848 July, William Makepeace Thackeray, chapter 2, in Vanity Fair. A Novel without a Hero, London: Bradbury and Evans, [], published 1848, OCLC 3174108:
      By the side of many tall and bouncing young ladies in the establishment, Rebecca Sharp looked like a child. But she had the dismal precocity of poverty.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 15, [2]
      It was as if his precocity of crookedness (and every vulgar villain is precocious) had for once deceived him, and the man he had sought to entrap as a simpleton had, through his very simplicity, ignominiously baffled him.
    • 1946, Arnold J. Toynbee, A Study of History, Abridgement of Volumes I-VI by D.C. Somervell, Oxford University Press, Chapter XII, p. 242, [3]
      Anna Comnena, the Byzantine princess turned historian, sees our eleventh-century forebears in just this light, as appears in the mixture of horror with contempt which is her reaction to the mechanical ingenuity of the Crusaders' cross-bow, a Western novelty of her day which—with the characteristic precocity of lethal inventions—preceded by several centuries the invention of clockwork []
    • 1964, William Anderson, Man's Quest for Knowledge: The Study and Teaching of Politics in Ancient Times, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, Epilogue, p. 329, [4]
      How can we explain the relative precocity in political studies that the Greeks demonstrated in contrast to the backwardness of other early peoples?
    • 1999, Leonard Pinsky, Robert P. Erickson, R. Neil Schimke, Genetic Disorders of Human Sexual Development, Oxford University Press, Chapter 15, p. 314, [5]
      Short stature persists into adult life but puberty is usually normal, although sexual precocity has been seen []
    Synonym: precociousness