preparedness

[ pri-pair-id-nis, -paird-nis ]
/ prɪˈpɛər ɪd nɪs, -ˈpɛərd nɪs /

noun

the state of being prepared; readiness.
possession of adequate armed forces, industrial resources and potential, etc., especially as a deterrent to enemy attack.

Nearby words

  1. preparatory,
  2. preparatory school,
  3. prepare,
  4. prepared,
  5. prepared piano,
  6. preparental,
  7. prepatellar bursitis,
  8. prepatent period,
  9. prepay,
  10. prepend

Origin of preparedness

First recorded in 1580–90; prepared + -ness

Related formsun·pre·par·ed·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for preparedness

preparedness

/ (prɪˈpɛərɪdnɪs) /

noun

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

preparedness

n.

1580s, from prepared + -ness.

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