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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The resilience of Alaskans & our buildings is a testament to lessons learned from the '64 quake & speaks to our level of preparedness. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "How Alaska fixed its earthquake-shattered roads in just days," 8 Dec. 2018 The California Community Foundation's Wildfire Relief Fund not only supports immediate recovery efforts, but also long-term preparedness. Sienna Fantozzi, House Beautiful, "Here's What You Can Do To Help People Who Have Lost Their Homes In The California Wildfires," 12 Nov. 2018 These are a terrific addition to earthquake preparedness kits, along with cash, a few pounds of chocolate and a vat of gochujang. Amy Scattergood,, "Tool Dept.: A Hanaro portable gas stove, good for dumplings, camping trips or earthquakes," 15 Feb. 2018 The Alabama Emergency Management Agency is advising Alabamians to have an emergency preparedness kit with a three-day supply of food, water and other critical supplies., "Alabama roadways: Dangerous conditions expected due to winter weather," 16 Jan. 2018 The search area was widened from five to 10 nautical miles from where the plane is believed to have crashed, said Didi Hamzar, director of preparedness for the search-and-rescue agency. I Made Sentana, WSJ, "Indonesia Hunts Seabed for Crashed Lion Air Jetliner," 30 Oct. 2018 Amanda Litman, the cofounder and executive director of Run for Something, an organization that aims to recruit and support progressive candidates, has come to see relationships like these as a measure of campaign preparedness. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Campaigns Are Like Marathons—It’s Better to Run One With a Friend," 18 Sep. 2018 During the run up to their first round playoff series against the Heat, the Sixers faced plenty of questions about their level of preparedness for the postseason. David Murphy,, "Three Sixers-Heat NBA playoffs observations: Youth, shooting and Markelle Fultz | David Murphy," 20 Apr. 2018 During his tenure, Mr. Thornberry has focused on military preparedness, improving acquisition, and bolstering the defense budget. WSJ, "Meet the New Agenda Setters in the House," 7 Nov. 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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