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preparedness

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

the state of being prepared; readiness.
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

OTHER WORDS FROM preparedness

un·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 forms of preparedness

preparedly, adverb
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