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A friend of mine recently made a joke which was poorly timed; the visual irony had passed by the time she said it. I remarked that this joke was "postmature", then realized that isn't a word. Is there an antonym of premature, or can something never go past mature? For pregnancies, you can be overdue (thesaurus.com), but is there another such word that can also be extended to situations such as the one I had?

Note: I'm not looking for mature. I guess I'm asking this: can something pass maturity? Is there a word for that which can be used in a ubiquitous manner?

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    It arrived late. – Lawrence Mar 18 '17 at 2:29
  • It was "stale on arrival". – Hot Licks Mar 18 '17 at 2:59
  • Postmature is a word; it's used for infants delivered more than two weeks past their due date. – 1006a Mar 18 '17 at 3:51
  • 'Past its sell-by date' often (but not always) works. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 18 '17 at 7:39
  • But is there anything which can be ubiquitous? – etymologynerd.com Mar 18 '17 at 23:36
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Adjective: precocious pri'kow-shus

Characterized by or characteristic of exceptionally early development or maturity (especially in mental aptitude)

"a precocious child"; "a precocious achievement"

-- WordWeb Online


It is not limited to mental development, though that is the most common sense when applied to humans.

  • Hares are precocial: Their young are born with fur, sighted, and somewhat independent.

  • Rabbits are altricial: Their young are born naked, blind, and dependent. You might think of them as relatively premature, in the sense that they are not as well developed as hares.

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