over·​pre·​pared ˌō-vər-pri-ˈperd How to pronounce overprepared (audio)
variants or over-prepared
: more prepared than necessary (as in order to avoid being underprepared)
"The best thing public health can do now is assume that it will be similar to other coronavirus outbreaks we have seen in recent years until proven otherwise. … Being overprepared is the name of the game," she [Janet Baseman, professor of epidemiology at the University of Washington] says.Will Stone
When each call to a fire could result in injury or death, there is no such thing as a fire fighter being over-prepared.Alia C. Covel and Fred Smith

Word History

First Known Use

1881, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of overprepared was in 1881

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Cite this Entry

“Overprepared.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overprepared. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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