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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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  • Their state of unpreparedness is amazing, if less desperate than ours.

    England and Germany

    Emile Joseph Dillon

  • Much has been said and written since 1914 concerning the unpreparedness of the army for war.

  • The war has revealed in us an unpreparedness in foreign and domestic policy.

  • It is, therefore, as against the other, in a state of unpreparedness for war.

    Battle Studies

    Charles-Jean-Jacques-Joseph Ardant du Picq

  • It is the American people only who are not aware of the truth about our unpreparedness.

British Dictionary definitions for unpreparedness


  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 unpreparedness



1580s, from prepared + -ness.

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