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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Newport Beach hosts ‘green’ and disaster preparedness expos The Green on Green and Disaster Preparedness expos will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Newport Beach Civic Center green, 100 Civic Center Drive. Daily Pilot, "Around Town: Blessing of the Waves returns to Surf City on Sunday," 5 Sep. 2019 While analyzing a city’s resilience, the Safe Cities Index looked at the emergency services available in the city, transport facilities, catastrophe insurance, disaster-risk development and cyber-security preparedness. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "World’s safest city to visit in 2019 revealed by Economist Intelligence Unit," 29 Aug. 2019 Rick Herrnberger, president of Washington Youth Baseball, said Miller was chosen for the coaching job because of his preparedness and excitement to work with young athletes. Jacob Calvin Meyer,, "Hammond grad Ben Miller to coach Pony League World Series team," 7 Aug. 2019 In Tokyo, organizers and politicians celebrated the day by unveiling the medals that will be awarded to athletes, and generally touting their preparedness. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "'It's now or never': US athletes ready for final push a year out from 2020 Summer Olympics," 24 July 2019 No deaths or major injuries were reported as a result of last week’s temblors, but the earthquakes damaged homes and roads and sparked widespread anxiety, causing scores of residents to question their earthquake preparedness. Alex Wigglesworth,, "Expect 34,000 aftershocks from Ridgecrest earthquakes. But seismic activity is slowing down," 9 July 2019 There are other requirements around health and gym classes, guidance counselors, and fire drills and emergency preparedness. Katie Honan, WSJ, "State Issues New Curriculum Guidelines in Wake of Yeshiva Probe," 20 Nov. 2018 With peak wildfire season looming, SDG&E officials announced new wildfire preparedness measures Wednesday. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ahead of peak wildfire season, SDG&E and local officials ramp up safety efforts," 7 Aug. 2019 Mental preparedness will provide a player with his or her best plan of attack when adversity strikes or pressure situations arise, the pros said. Stephen Ruiz,, "Magic’s Nick Anderson advises Jr. NBA players: ‘Sometimes the outcome is not always what you want it to be'," 7 Aug. 2019

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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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