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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Some Senate Democrats want U.S. regulators to assess banks’ and other financial institutions’ preparedness for climate change. Russell Gold, WSJ, "Senate Democrats Seek Better Oversight of Financial Sector’s Climate Risks," 28 Jan. 2019 In 2016, as the BBC notes, Toby Harris, a British politician in the Labour Party, spearheaded an independent review looking into London’s preparedness in the event of a terrorist attack. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Mysterious drones near UK’s Gatwick Airport have shut down runways for almost 24 hours," 20 Dec. 2018 Several national studies have shown that training similar to Penn's help increase students' preparedness to help a friend. Aneri Pattani,, "College students train to help peers at risk for suicide, depression and more," 12 July 2018 Feld wrote: The situation in Florida shows what happens when regulators abandon their responsibilities to protect the public based on unenforceable promises from companies eager to cut costs for maintenance and emergency preparedness. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Ajit Pai killed rules that could have helped Florida recover from hurricane," 18 Oct. 2018 The emergency preparedness event involves amateur radio operators in the United States and Canada and is held on the fourth weekend in June. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "Amateur Radio Operators Practice For Emergencies," 3 July 2018 During his tenure, Mr. Thornberry had focused on military preparedness, improving acquisition, and bolstering the defense budget. WSJ, "New House Committee Chiefs Take Their Chairs," 4 Jan. 2019 Companies analyzed by FM Global reported damage ranging from a few million to hundreds of millions of U.S. dollars, depending on their level of preparedness for hurricanes. Nina Trentmann, WSJ, "CFOs Should Provide More Insight Into Natural Disaster Risks, Analysis Says," 10 Jan. 2019 In theory, her preparedness and attention to detail should make Pelosi the perfect person to deal with Trump — a man who prefers one-page memos to briefing books. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Pelosi and Schumer didn’t know their meeting with Trump would be televised. They still used it to their advantage.," 12 Dec. 2018

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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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