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 The state has a long history of ignoring seismic risk and underfunding emergency management and preparedness, and earthquake early warning has been no exception. Sandi Doughton, Anchorage Daily News, "Cellphone earthquake alerts debut in Washington state, completing West Coast network," 3 May 2021 Money raised will be used for COVID-19 preparedness, community response, and recovery activities. Nadia Ebrahim,, "India Is In Crisis — Here’s How Canadians Can Help," 3 May 2021 For 2021, the Florida Legislature passed a 10-day sales tax holiday from May 28-June 6 for storm preparedness, including those more common items, but not Pop-Tarts. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Hurricane Facts: Are strawberry Pop-Tarts the most purchased item in the face of a hurricane?," 3 May 2021 Containment happens through preparedness, which several case studies in the report explain. Helen Branswell, STAT, "‘The next big one must be prevented’: The lessons the world can learn from epidemics that were contained," 29 Apr. 2021 Zwiener said Texas should invest in preventing further damage because Texas has already paid enough for its lack of demand-side preparedness. Dallas News, "Texas Democrats say power demand was half the cause of winter crisis, but efficiency bills on track to fail," 28 Apr. 2021 Another unique challenge to storm preparedness and survival is that Alabama has the fifth highest percentage of manufactured (or mobile) homes in the U.S. Brian Hastings And Roy Wright, al, "Ten years after the worst tornadoes in Alabama history, more must be done to strengthen our houses," 27 Apr. 2021 Even now in retirement, Shapiro continues to work tirelessly in strengthening the preparedness of the United States against nuclear disaster. Jennifer Nalewicki, Smithsonian Magazine, "Thirty-Five Years Later, a First Responder at the Chernobyl Disaster Looks Back," 27 Apr. 2021 Urmila Patil, whose remit extends to monsoon preparedness measures, is confident the lessons from battling Covid-19 over the last year would prove useful in dealing with them. Smitha Nair, Quartz, "Inside a Covid-19 war room in Mumbai, school teachers fight what feels like an interminable war," 26 Apr. 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Preparedness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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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