pre·​pared·​ness | \ pri-ˈper-əd-nəs How to pronounce preparedness (audio) also -ˈperd-nəs How to pronounce preparedness (audio) \

Definition of preparedness

: the quality or state of being prepared especially : a state of adequate preparation in case of war

Examples of preparedness in a Sentence

The military is in a state of preparedness.
Recent Examples on the Web But Africa’s preparedness has been limited and uneven, with countries failing to put in place a uniform policy on basic travel restrictions and airport screenings, Ugandan and WHO health officials say. Nicholas Bariyo, WSJ, "Africa Girds for Tough Fight Against Virus," 8 Feb. 2020 Cornerback Jeremy Lucien, who started four games in 2018 but has played mostly on special teams so far this season, said mental preparedness is essential. Alex Putterman,, "UConn football depth to be tested as season continues, young players say they’re ready," 27 Sep. 2019 Families who worked with a financial professional scored better on Primerica’s Financial Security Scorecard, which measured their engagement in financial preparedness, like paying off their credit cards, saving every month and having life insurance. Staff Writer, USA TODAY, "How a financial pro can be a game changer for middle-income Americans," 18 June 2019 Now an initiative led by Tom Frieden, former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has developed a tool that spotlights gaps in preparedness, and actions that countries and organizations can take to close them. Lena H. Sun,, "How prepared is the world for next epidemic? Tool shows most countries are not.," 22 June 2018 After each performance, the Amazon orchestra sends its musicians a survey asking them to rate the difficulty of each piece played and their level of preparedness. Chip Cutter, WSJ, "What Do Amazon, Google and Salesforce Have in Common? In-House Music Groups.," 27 Jan. 2020 The lack of transparency from China, combined with a lack of knowledge about what the virus was and a lack of preparedness among countries in the region in dealing with pandemics, all contributed to SARS's deadly impact. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "A lot has changed since China's SARS outbreak 17 years ago. But some things haven't," 24 Jan. 2020 Brigid Kelly: Union negotiations, there is no better way to learn when to fight and when to compromise, to learn about prioritizing issues and understand the value of preparedness. New York Times, "Would a 37-Year-Old Woman Be Where Pete Buttigieg Is?," 18 Jan. 2020 The first few days of an outage are not a test of preparedness as much as something like a traffic delay. Anchorage Daily News, "Can an outdoorswoman survive a three-day power outage?," 21 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of preparedness

1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for preparedness

prepared + -ness

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14 Feb 2020

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“Preparedness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of preparedness

formal : the fact of being ready for something : the state of being prepared

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