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Which words help convey the concept of being early?

Prompt is not exactly what I want, as it means "on time" in the context I am considering. If spring (the season) was a spirit and arrived two weeks early this year, and was content in doing so, how could I describe the idea that spring doesn't mind its ___ness (quality of being early)?

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That's probably not a valid answer, just a suggestion : changing slightly the idea from early to quick would open more possibilities: quickness hastiness swiftness ? – Alain Pannetier Φ Mar 16 '11 at 22:17
@Alain: that's an interesting suggestion! I like the way you think. Perhaps I could say "vernal celerity." Many thanks. – sova Mar 30 '11 at 0:57

Timeliness or prematureness are probably too vague and spurious respectively.

Could I suggest removing the constraint that it is __ness and suggest "spring doesn't mind being an early bird," which might even have some pleasant connotations if spring is what is actually being written about.

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as @JPmiaou posted, the usual noun form of premature is prematurity. – Marthaª Mar 16 '11 at 21:12
@Martha indeed and thus spurious ;) – dove Mar 16 '11 at 21:25
The early bird gets its name from being early from Winter (migrating back, before the Spring), I think, so although I like your suggestion, it hints to circularity in definition. – sova Mar 30 '11 at 0:59

I like earliness best, but if you don't mind being a little on the fringe, you could try prepunctuality.

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Thus far my favorite suggestion =] – sova Mar 30 '11 at 1:02

What's wrong with earliness?

I suppose there's also forwardness, though that doesn't quite fit your example. Neither do untimeliness or prematurity.

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Premature is a good alternative, though I'm not sure it lends itself to the noun form you desire. Consider the following phrasings:

Spring doesn't mind being premature.


Spring doesn't mind arriving prematurely.

EDIT: If you like the noun form, you can always use earliness as well.

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