[pri-pair-id-nis, -paird-nis]


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 formsun·pre·par·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for preparedness

preparation, willingness, alertness, mobility, zeal

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British Dictionary definitions for preparedness



the state of being prepared or ready, esp militarily ready for war
Derived Formspreparedly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for preparedness

1580s, from prepared + -ness.

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