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preparedness

[pri-pair-id-nis, -paird-nis] /prɪˈpɛər ɪd nɪs, -ˈpɛərd nɪs/
noun
1.
the state of being prepared; readiness.
2.
possession of adequate armed forces, industrial resources and potential, etc., especially as a deterrent to enemy attack.
Origin of preparedness
1580-1590
1580-90; prepared + -ness
Related forms
unpreparedness, noun
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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

preparedness

/prɪˈpɛərɪdnɪs/
noun
1.
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

preparedness

n.

1580s, from prepared + -ness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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