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.

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City officials say having an accurate census count is critical to the city’s ability to leverage federal funding needed for transportation and mobility projects, public safety and emergency preparedness initiatives. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land officials accepting applications for Census Complete Count Committee," 17 June 2019 CARLSBAD Nominees sought for preparedness award The Ready Carlsbad Business Alliance of the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominees for its Commitment to Emergency Preparedness Award. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County Business Briefs, June 13," 13 June 2019 Wildfire worries: San Diego County is stepping up its fire preparedness ground game. Ramona Sentinel, "Dianne’s Corner: Stepping up fire preparedness," 12 June 2019 For more information, visit Emergency Preparedness Fair Prepare Cupertino, a free community preparedness fair, is set for June 22 at Memorial Park. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Cupertino community briefs for the week of June 14," 9 June 2019 Current law: Public school principals must prepare a school crisis and management and response plan with local law enforcement, fire, public safety, and emergency preparedness officials., "New Louisiana laws parents and students should know about," 7 June 2019 Clay Rives, Baton Rouge’s director of homeland security and emergency preparedness, said the individual drowned after driving into about 12 feet of water in the northern part of the city-parish. Jake Holland, WSJ, "Baton Rouge Hit by Flooding, Possible Tornadoes; One Confirmed Dead," 6 June 2019 The board’s enterprise risk management committee should also discuss the organization’s cybersecurity risk and preparedness directly with the executive team. Betsy Atkins, Quartz at Work, "What corporate boards still don’t understand about cyber risk," 3 June 2019 The Hezbollah official insisted that the cutbacks have had no impact on the group’s standing in the Middle East or its military preparedness. Suzan Haidamous, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s sanctions on Iran are hitting Hezbollah hard," 18 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of preparedness

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

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