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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
1580-1590
1580-90; prepared + -ness
Related forms
unpreparedness, noun
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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 unpreparedness

preparedness

n.

1580s, from prepared + -ness.

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