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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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  • In the old British way, we were paying for unpreparedness with the flesh and blood of our willing young men.

    New Zealanders at Gallipoli Major Fred Waite
  • Much has been said and written since 1914 concerning the unpreparedness of the army for war.

  • It was one of the many cases in which the unpreparedness of the government had left a serious gap in the equipment.

    Abraham Lincoln George Haven Putnam
  • The war has revealed in us an unpreparedness in foreign and domestic policy.

    Our Part in the Great War Arthur Gleason
  • You were in a shocking state of unpreparedness both in History and Geography this morning.

    Explorers of the Dawn Mazo de la Roche
  • It is, therefore, as against the other, in a state of unpreparedness for war.

    Battle Studies Charles-Jean-Jacques-Joseph Ardant du Picq
  • But Byng was a man of genius, and his bare reputation was enough to offset much in the way of unpreparedness.

    Rung Ho! Talbot Mundy
  • We entered upon the war in our chronic state of unpreparedness.

    Aircraft and Submarines Willis J. Abbot.
  • It is the American people only who are not aware of the truth about our unpreparedness.

    Defenseless America Hudson Maxim
British Dictionary definitions for unpreparedness


the state of being prepared or ready, esp militarily ready for war
Derived Forms
preparedly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unpreparedness



1580s, from prepared + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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