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[pri-pair-id-nis, -paird-nis]
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  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.
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Origin of preparedness

First recorded in 1580–90; prepared + -ness
Related formsun·pre·par·ed·ness, noun
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preparation, willingness, alertness, mobility, zeal

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British Dictionary definitions for preparedness


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


1580s, from prepared + -ness.

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