overprepared

adjective
over·​pre·​pared | \ ˌō-vər-pri-ˈperd How to pronounce overprepared (audio) \
variants: or over-prepared

Definition of overprepared

: 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

First Known Use of overprepared

1881, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of overprepared was in 1881

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“Overprepared.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overprepared. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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