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 Authorities have expressed concerns that extremist groups appear to be increasing their preparedness for violence. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "Germany disbands elite military unit after reports of right-wing extremism," 2 July 2020 Local governments use it for public safety and emergency preparedness. Allie Morris, Dallas News, "North Texans lag behind in 2020 census participation," 30 June 2020 First, develop a family hurricane preparedness plan before an actual storm threatens your area. Leah Napoliello, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Homes: Develop a plan to protect your family, property during hurricane season," 27 June 2020 The rest of the weekly themes include laundry and cleaning, safety and emergency preparedness, personal finance, navigating the city, and social skills. Alaa Elassar, CNN, "These parents created a 'Common Sense Camp' to teach their kids basic life skills while quarantining," 27 June 2020 Stanton questions why the county wasn’t prepared to properly trace more cases, how officials are using funding from the federal government and why the county hasn’t been forthcoming on its lack of preparedness. Rachel Leingang, The Arizona Republic, "In Maricopa County, most positive COVID-19 cases get a text. It's up to them to alert anyone else. That's not what CDC advises," 26 June 2020 Bolton finds a deep lack of preparedness, knowledge, and consistency in the White House. Patrick Iber, The New Republic, "John Bolton’s Accidentally Unflattering Self-Portrait," 25 June 2020 Finally, experts are concerned that the mismanagement in coronavirus cases now will impact the country’s preparedness for the fall. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, "No turning back for Florida, Texas? Why the next two weeks are 'critical' for US, Fauci warns," 25 June 2020 On April 8, the Health Department’s senior official for emergency preparedness, Dr. Jimmy Guidry, issued a short, seemingly straightforward set of recommendations for the state’s prisons and jails. Tim Golden, ProPublica, "Inside the U.S.’s Largest Maximum-Security Prison, COVID-19 Raged. Outside, Officials Called Their Fight a Success.," 24 June 2020

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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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5 Jul 2020

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“Preparedness.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 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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