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preparedness

[pri-pair-id-nis, -paird-nis] /prɪˈpɛər ɪd nɪs, -ˈpɛərd nɪs/
noun
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.
Origin of preparedness
1580-1590
1580-90; prepared + -ness
Related forms
unpreparedness, noun
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  • But preparedness and national defense mean, of course, more than the possession of guns and more than military training as such.

    The Psychology of Nations G.E. Partridge
  • And why should Germany, even with all her preparedness and her resources not be afraid?

    The Psychology of Nations G.E. Partridge
  • Between muffins (he ate the whole plateful) he saw fit to interrogate me as to my preparedness for this position.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • His prime interest, from the point of view of preparedness, lay in the navy.

  • But, as we have indicated, his preparedness is primarily inner, spiritual.

British Dictionary definitions for preparedness

preparedness

/prɪˈpɛərɪdnɪs/
noun
1.
the state of being prepared or ready, esp militarily ready for war
Derived Forms
preparedly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for preparedness
n.

1580s, from prepared + -ness.

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