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Definition of underprepared

: inadequately prepared

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Recent Examples on the Web Rioters smashed windows, broke through doors and beat and bloodied law enforcement officers who were vastly underprepared for the mob. Steve Leblanc And Ben Fox, Chron, 26 Apr. 2022 Instead, Ukraine has inflicted heavy losses on a Russian force seemingly underprepared for a long, tough fight. Alexander Smith, NBC News, 24 Mar. 2022 Underequipped and underprepared, these volunteers joined the war effort from all walks of life. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 23 Feb. 2022 Back in 2014, Ukrainians formed ad-hoc volunteer fighting battalions to help the underequipped, underprepared regular armed forces. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 2 Feb. 2022 But critics of the government said the local authorities were ill-equipped to handle the annual influx and underprepared to deal with emergency situations. Salman Masood, New York Times, 8 Jan. 2022 Katherine Wu, a staff writer for The Atlantic, said the US is vastly underprepared for a new variant. Ramishah Maruf, CNN, 19 Dec. 2021 Cut down on courses like these, and kids may be hugely underprepared to navigate essential parts of the adult world. Kat Mckim, Fortune, 1 Dec. 2021 At least 210 people died in Texas, where the underprepared power grid gave out and more than 4 million households lost power. Washington Post, 15 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of underprepared

1964, in the meaning defined above

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“Underprepared.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underprepared. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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