preparedness

noun
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 Trump administration later dissolved the pandemic preparedness mechanisms in place. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 12 May 2022 At this point, a fundamental shift is required that posits public good, care for others, reduction of community spread, and future pandemic preparedness. Monica R. Mclemore, Time, 11 May 2022 Some technology titans want to give California a helping hand with its pandemic preparedness initiatives. Karen Kaplanscience And Medicine Editor, Los Angeles Times, 26 Apr. 2022 Understanding excess mortality is also critically important to future estimates of global population and pandemic preparedness. Deidre Mcphillips, CNN, 10 Mar. 2022 Tomi Rask, a preparedness specialist with Helsinki’s Rescue Department, said footage of the devastating shelling in Ukraine, including people taking cover in makeshift shelters, has renewed interest in civil defense. Emily Rauhala, Anchorage Daily News, 1 May 2022 Tomi Rask, a preparedness specialist with Helsinki’s City Rescue Department, said footage of the devastating shelling in Ukraine, including people taking cover in makeshift shelters, has renewed interest in civil defense. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2022 The list above represents our honest picks for the best emergency food kits to shop for home preparedness and unexpected survival situations in 2022. Mike Richard, Men's Health, 29 Apr. 2022 One thing about the Heat that can never be questioned is preparedness. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 27 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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19 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Preparedness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preparedness. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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