pre·pared·ness | \ pri-ˈper-əd-nəs also -ˈperd-nəs \

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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Back then, the level of competition and preparedness of teams and drivers had far more disparity than the modern era of stock car racing. Jason Hoffman,, "XFinity Series driver Daniel Hemric chasing perfection at Kentucky Speedway," 12 July 2018 After the meeting on Tuesday, the commission also is scheduled to discuss possible recommendations and actions for improved hurricane preparedness following widespread power outages in 2017's Hurricane Irma. Marcia Heroux Pounds,, "Will FPL customers get Hurricane Matthew refund? Commission to vote Tuesday," 9 July 2018 Corrections & Amplifications Jonathan White works for the office of the assistant secretary for preparedness and response at HHS, and the assistant secretary is Robert Kadlec. Louise Radnofsky, WSJ, "Separations of Migrant Families Stopped a Week Ago, but Reunifications Have Barely Begun," 27 June 2018 Millennials are way behind previous generations on retirement preparedness. Erin Arvedlund,, "For millennials trying to save and invest, these Wharton MBAs show the way," 16 Mar. 2018 Yong builds a convincing case for a national lack of preparedness that, unless remedied on many fronts, could spell disaster when a new pandemic comes knocking. Erin Blakemore, Washington Post, "What if a pandemic hit the U.S. — are we ready?," 24 June 2018 The new website,, gives an individual score to each country and uses color codes to rank the world by five levels of preparedness. Lena H. Sun,, "How prepared is the world for next epidemic? Tool shows most countries are not.," 22 June 2018 But for many Germans, a country with a deeply pacifist streak following two wars in the last century, the lack of military preparedness is of little concern. Erik Kirschbaum,, "Broken fighter jets, grounded helicopters and idled tanks: Germany's military is ailing," 18 May 2018 Pandemic preparedness plans are put back on the shelf. Time, "Our Complacency About the Flu is Killing Us," 19 Jan. 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

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

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