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[pri-pair-id-nis, -paird-nis] /prɪˈpɛər ɪd nɪs, -ˈpɛərd nɪs/
the state of being prepared; readiness.
possession of adequate armed forces, industrial resources and potential, etc., especially as a deterrent to enemy attack.
Origin of preparedness
First recorded in 1580-90; prepared + -ness
Related forms
unpreparedness, noun Unabridged
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  • Their state of unpreparedness is amazing, if less desperate than ours.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • Much has been said and written since 1914 concerning the unpreparedness of the army for war.

  • The war has revealed in us an unpreparedness in foreign and domestic policy.

    Our Part in the Great War Arthur Gleason
  • It is, therefore, as against the other, in a state of unpreparedness for war.

    Battle Studies Charles-Jean-Jacques-Joseph Ardant du Picq
  • It is the American people only who are not aware of the truth about our unpreparedness.

    Defenseless America Hudson Maxim
  • We entered upon the war in our chronic state of unpreparedness.

    Aircraft and Submarines Willis J. Abbot.
  • We had the lesson of unpreparedness illustrated so that we all can understand it.

    Average Americans Theodore Roosevelt
  • So much for the lesson of unpreparedness and what I believe we should do to remedy it.

    Average Americans Theodore Roosevelt
  • Over-preparedness, as well as unpreparedness, may precipitate a war.

    Our National Defense: George Hebard Maxwell
British Dictionary definitions for unpreparedness


the state of being prepared or ready, esp militarily ready for war
Derived Forms
preparedly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unpreparedness



1580s, from prepared + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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