To this pitch of unreadiness the technique of "divide and disturb" had brought us—but it had, none the less, failed.
The penalty which had to be paid for this unreadiness was heavy.
Violent revolutions may be charged up to the unreadiness of statesmen.
Bonaparte had rightly calculated upon the unreadiness of his enemy.
“To-morrow,” in those days of unreadiness and disconnection, glided just beyond reach continually.
An additional point in favour of White Poplar for the latter purpose is its unreadiness to burn.
One is lost in admiration now at the organisation of things, just as two months ago one was appalled by the state of unreadiness.
During the Dutch war the unreadiness of the ships, more particularly in respect to victualling, was the cause of great trouble.
Disorganisation and unreadiness prevented France from seizing the opportunity of doing even so much as that.
It would be difficult to realise at this day how far the nation had lapsed into unreadiness.
mid-14c., "not prepared," from un- (1) "not" + ready. In English history, applied to Anglo-Saxon King Æðelræd II (968-1016), where it preserves the fuller original sense of Old English ungeræd "ill-advised, rede-less, no-counsel" and plays on the king's name (which means "good-counsel"). The epithet is attested from early 13c. Old English ræda "advise, counsel" is related to read (v.). Rede "counsel" survived in poetic usage to 17c. An attempted revival by Scott (19c.) failed, though it is used in Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings."