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[pri-paird] /prɪˈpɛərd/
properly expectant, organized, or equipped; ready:
prepared for a hurricane.
(of food) processed by the manufacturer or seller, by cooking, cleaning, or the like, so as to be ready to serve or use with little or no further preparation.
Origin of prepared
1520-30; prepare + -ed2
Related forms
[pri-pair-id-lee, -paird-lee] /prɪˈpɛər ɪd li, -ˈpɛərd li/ (Show IPA),
self-prepared, adjective
superprepared, adjective
unprepared, adjective
unpreparedly, adverb
well-prepared, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unprepared
  • Manufacturers were unprepared for this explosion of demand.
  • When cholera strikes an unprepared community, people get violently sick immediately.
  • And the success model is so compressed that all these people who are emotionally unprepared to handle it are running the show.
  • Those unprepared had to rely heavily on discounting.
  • Many experts warn that the world is overdue, and unprepared, for a global influenza pandemic.
  • And the region is woefully unprepared to mitigate the damage.
  • They were both physically and culturally unprepared.
  • The author found himself utterly unprepared for one of life's near certainties-the decline of a parent.
  • But there is no award show convention more grating than fake humility-the winner who pretends to be shocked and unprepared.
  • So he was not unprepared for the reaction of his colleagues.
British Dictionary definitions for unprepared


having made inadequate preparations
not made ready or prepared
done without preparation; extemporaneous
Derived Forms
unpreparedly, adverb
unpreparedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unprepared

1540s, from un- (1) "not" + past participle of prepare (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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