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[pri-pair-id-nis, -paird-nis] /prɪˈpɛər ɪd nɪs, -ˈpɛərd nɪs/
the state of being prepared; readiness.
possession of adequate armed forces, industrial resources and potential, etc., especially as a deterrent to enemy attack.
Origin of preparedness
1580-90; prepared + -ness
Related forms
unpreparedness, noun Unabridged
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  • If there was ever a moment of ill-preparedness, this was it.
  • The film is remarkable in conveying the principles' utter lack of preparedness for their upcoming parental responsibilities.
  • The uncertainty factor makes global preparedness particularly challenging.
  • Disaster preparedness and recovery also need to be considered.
  • Many posts here bemoan the preparedness of undergrads.
  • To some degree, this is a warm-up question but it also serves to signal the candidate's preparedness to the committee.
  • But it meant the government failed to ensure proper disaster preparedness.
  • It may also be troubled by unsettling questions about its level of pre-earthquake preparedness.
  • Lack of preparedness leads to panic if things go wrong.
  • While much work has been done in the area of academic preparedness testing, less work has been done in emotional development.
British Dictionary definitions for preparedness


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

1580s, from prepared + -ness.

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